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Historic silk store falls foul of fire safety

A HISTORIC silk store near the Bund has been closed after failing a fire safety inspection.

The building occupied by Laojiefu silk store, on the east of Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, is now being renovated. There is no reopening date.

In the past, the six-story building only offered Laojiefu's products, but it was renamed the Bund Plaza in 2000 and contained more than 10 stores and restaurants before it shut.

A notice outside said the shopping center was ordered to close after failing to meet fire control requirements.

An official surnamed Yang with the Ruigang Business (Shanghai) Co, which is in charge of the building's property management, said yesterday that the old structure and aged firefighting equipment were the main reasons why it failed the inspection.

They are now awaiting approval to renovate the building, said Yang.

City buildings have had to undergo fire safety inspections in the wake of the Jiaozhou Road fire which engulfed a residential building on November 15 and claimed 58 lives.

Laojiefu, which opened its first store on Nanjing Road E. in 1860, is renowned for its silk and wool products and shrouds.

Other Laojiefu stores remain open.


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