Shinsegae opens Starfield in Anseong
Shinsegae Property is opening a new Starfield shopping complex in Anseong, Gyeonggi, on Wednesday.
Jointly invested in by U.S.-based shopping mall developer Tubman, the fourth Starfield is the largest shopping complex in the southern part of Gyeonggi, according to Shinsegae Property.
The investment proportion between Shinsegae Property and Tubman is 51 percent to 49 percent.
Measuring 240,000 square meters (2.28 million square feet), the shopping complex has parking room for 5,000 vehicles. The five-storied building consists of two basement floors and three above-ground floors.
It is much larger than nearby shopping centers, including the Shinsegae Premium Outlet in Siheung, Gyeonggi, and Lotte Premium Outlet in Icheon, Gyeonggi.
The shopping complex will house numerous facilities and popular eateries, according to Shinsegae Property, including a 63-meter (207-feet) high observatory with views of a nearby forest and plaza.
Starfield Anseong is also designed to be pet-friendly. There is a park where customers can take their pets for a walk and eat together.
Shinsegae Property designed the complex to meet the needs of families with kids. A library, outdoor playground and waterpark are some of the facilities at Starfield Anseong.
The company said it intentionally opened the shopping complex after the Chuseok harvest holidays, which ended Sunday, to prevent large crowds over Covid-19 concerns. Preopening a big-box warehouse chain Traders last month was part of its effort to prevent crowds at the new Starfield.
“Following Starfield Hanam and Goyang, which support the east and west of the metropolitan area, Starfield Anseong, which will take care of the southern part of Gyeonggi, is finally opening amid the expectations of local residents,” said Shinsegae Property CEO Lim Young-rok.
BY JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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