More brands, less shopping comfort in New Yaohan

Saturday, August 9, 2008
Issue 430, Page 4
Word count: 371
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The newly located New Yaohan opened its doors yesterday in Nam Vam with more shopping options, but the narrower space makes some visitors prefer the old department store.

The shopping area and food arcade occupy eight floors in the New Yaohan complex with the upper levels housing offices.

Apart from retaining most of the shops from the old location, more international brands including fashion, cosmetics and accessories have come to open their first Macau stores in Nam Van.

Mrs Mok, a 40-year-old mother of two, said she prefers the shopping experience of the old New Yaohan as it was “more spacious”.

“The paths for shoppers between shops are narrow, and since each floor has to house more shops, each shop can only occupy a small space and thus offer a lesser variety of products,” she said, adding benches that used to exist in the former New Yaohan for shoppers to rest can no longer be seen.

The mother said she was after an air conditioner in the department store but was “amazed” to find that the electrical appliance section does not sell any such product.

In addition, she said her two children got disappointed because the fun park and game centre are no longer in New Yaohan, now making the department store “only for shopping and gourmet but no family entertainment”.

Mrs Mok also said that food variety in the supermarket is mainly restricted to Japanese imports, while the former one had a greater range of products such as Chinese and Italian.

Meanwhile, when the Macau Daily Times visited the new shopping centre at about 5pm yesterday, the only escalator going down from the sixth floor was temporarily out of order, causing shoppers to take the back stairs as there was already a big crowd waiting for the lifts.

On the other hand, according to chairman of SJM, Dr Ambrose So, the old site of New Yaohan will be restructured to become a casino which he said he hopes will be in operation next year.

But he added that the complex will not be demolished but carry out interior and exterior renovations.

New Yaohan continues to open from 11am to 10.30pm daily. Three levels of carparks are available in the basement.

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