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Illegal stores, structures pulled down inside historic Jing’an Villa

Over 80 unlicensed stores inside the historic Jing’an Villa were forced to shut down yesterday during a crackdown against illegal businesses in the residential complex, according to a report in

The villa offers an easy access to pedestrians between Nanjing Road W. and Weihai Road.

Local industrial and commercial watchdogs said except for five licensed stores operating in the neighborhood, 87 other illegal shops will be restored to their original look and all accessories dismantled or taken away.

Under the supervision of a workgroup formed by officials from several government departments, the crackdown started early morning yesterday.

All stores which occupied public space were dismantled or their stuff taken away.

Although some vendors argued with the law enforcement officers over licenses, and house owners tried to obstruct them from carrying out their work, the crackdown did not stop.

Fruit stands, barber shops and even some eateries which were popular with diners were told to move or shut down. A young woman, who owned a cafe in the neighborhood, said she will look for another place.

But another woman who sold lunch boxes that were equally popular said she would continue with the business after the officials left.

The owner of a popular milk tea shop said on his microblog that he would cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and closed his store.

The crackdown will be completed before the Mid-autumn Festival next week. Access control systems have already been installed which only allows residents to enter the community.



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