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Hongqiao hub to get more shopping

LOTS more shops and restaurants are coming to the newly opened Hongqiao Transport Hub, operator officials said yesterday.

By July 1, when a new high-speed railway line opens, the number of commercial outlets will grow to 160 from the current 26.

The upcoming outlets will feature brand-name shops and restaurants, offering food and goods at the same prices as their downtown locations, said officials with Shanghai Rainbow (Shenhong) Investment Co, the hub's operator.

"Those who would set the price higher will receive severe punishment," said Wang Jianjun, a manager.

Higher rents inside terminals usually mean higher prices. But that's been changing at Hongqiao International Airport.

Authorities said they introduced some convenience stores and fast-food chain restaurants into the hub when Terminal 2 of the Hongqiao airport opened on March 16.

High-end shops and restaurants as well as Expo souvenir shops will be coming next.

The new commercial area, covering 36,000 square meters, will have a large dining area.

The hub, connecting a railway station, the Metro and a long-distance bus station with the airport, is expected eventually to handle more than 1 million passengers a day, authorities said.


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