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With typhoon in town, department stores open late

TAIPEI--Most department stores in Taiwan decided to open their doors a few hours later than normal on Wednesday as many parts of the island were still feeling the effects of Typhoon Matmo.

The eye of the storm exited Taiwan early Wednesday from Changhua County about four hours after making landfall in eastern Taiwan, but strong winds and heavy rains continued to pound Taiwan during the morning, with most people staying indoors.

The Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store (新光三越百貨) chain said all 13 of its stores around the country would open at 1:30 p.m. instead of the normal 11 a.m. The chain operates branches in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, and Kaohsiung.

Taipei 101 Mall (台北101), a favorite destination of many Chinese tourists, announced it was opening at noon rather than the normal 11 a.m., while Miramar Entertainment Park (美麗華百樂園), located in Dazhi in the northern part of Taipei will open at 1 p.m., two hours later than usual.

Q Square (京站時尚廣場), which is adjacent to the Taipei Main Station, put off its opening time to noon from 11 a.m., but some restaurants in the mall maintained their normal business hours.

Hankyu Taipei Opens at Noon

Hankyu Department Store (統一阪急百貨) announced that its Taipei outlet will not open until noon, an hour later than usual, but that its Kaohsiung branch opened on time at 11 a.m.

The Pacific Sogo Department Store (太平洋崇光百貨) chain said that its Kaohsiung store will open two hours later at 1 p.m., but that its other branches around Taiwan opened at 11 a.m. as usual. The chain runs stores in Taipei, Chungli, Hsinchu and Kaohsiung.

The Far Eastern Department Store (遠東百貨) chain said its store in Hualien in eastern Taiwan will open at 2 p.m., three hours later than normal, because that part of the country was among the hardest hit by the storm.

The two Far Eastern stores in Banqiao in New Taipei were to open an hour later than usual at noon, while the chain's other stores around the country opened on schedule at 11 a.m.

Unlike other department store operators, the Breeze Group (微風集團) said its four shopping centers in Taipei opened at their normal times.

Breeze Center on Fuxing South Road and the Breeze Nanjing mall on Nanjing East Road both opened at 11 a.m., while the Breeze Zhongxiao, on Zhongxiao East Road, opened at 11:30 a.m. and the Breeze Taipei Station outlet opened at 10 a.m. as usual.

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Staying away from Typhoon Matmo, a crowd numbering in the thousands gathers in the food court of a department store in Taoyuan, yesterday. Although many department stores on the island decided to open their doors a few hours later than normal, people still made the best of a day off and went shopping. (CNA)

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