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New revamp for pedestrian mall

A NEW round of renovations to businesses at the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall is planned following expansion work on the mall to make it among the world’s top walking streets.

Nanjing Road E., built in 1851, is one of the city’s first modern roads. The pedestrian mall on the road will be extended eastward to Sichuan Road M. from its current end at Henan Road M. by May, and eventually to the Bund to accommodate a growing number of shoppers.

The street currently stretches 1,033 meters between Xizang and Henan roads. It saw 200 million visitors in 2019, Yang Dongsheng, deputy director of Huangpu, told the district’s legislators, ahead of the annual Shanghai People’s Congress, scheduled for January 15-20.

Second-phase renovations will be launched this year on the Bund Center project. It will be renovated from a historic arcade formerly known as Edward Ezra Arcade at the Nanjing and Jiujiang crossroads near the Bund.

Key businesses along the road will also be renovated. These include the historic Nanjing Building at 257 Nanjing Road E., which was home to a silk emporium, Laou Kai Fook & Co Ltd, in the 1930s. The building will host tech giant Huawei’s global flagship store.

The century-old Shanghai Sincere Department Store, one of four major Chinese department stores on Nanjing Road along with Wing On, Sun Sun and The Sun will reopen by the yearend as a dining, recreation and entertainment complex.

The iconic Century Plaza in the middle of the road will also undergo a renovation.

The Shanghai New World Department Store has reopened and its sales volume has risen by half since, said Yang.

Last year, 190 brands opened their first stores on the road, accounting for one-fourth of the city’s total new store openings, he added. China’s time-honored brands will also get more support on the road.

Huangpu also plans to showcase more art performances on the road. Indoor stages have been opened at the No. 1 Shopping Center, Shimao International Plaza and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Shanghai.


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