Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Taichung is a new shopping centre being developed by Mitsui Fudosan, a real estate company based in Japan, in Taichung City, Taiwan. It is the first LaLaport shopping mall to be developed in the country and the fifth retail property of Mitsui Fudosan.
Development on the facility started in 2019 and its construction began in June 2020. It is expected to be opened in spring 2023 while the pre-opening of 40 stores started in January 2023, ahead of the official opening.
With approximately 300 stores, the new shopping centre will be a one-stop access for shopping, dining, and entertainment for visitors.
Location of Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Taichung
Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport Taichung is located within a six-minute walk from Taiwan Railways’ Taichung Station. Approximately one million people live within a 5km radius of the shopping centre while 2.2 million live within 30 minutes by car. The city is also visited by more than 45 million tourists annually.
Features of the shopping centre
The shopping centre will include two buildings built on two sites, which will be connected by a bridge. The total area covered by the shopping centre is 463,000ft² (43,014m²) while the total floor space is more than 2,131,000ft² (198,000m²), including a multi-floor parking space area.
The South Building will include the largest collection of Japanese specialty stores in the country. It will cover an area of approximately 230,000ft² (21,367m²) across four floors above ground and one underground floor.
The North Building will cover approximately 506,000ft² (47,008m²), with seven floors above ground and one underground floor. It will have a collection of small and medium-sized stores, with an easy shopping zone, that enables families to stroll and shop.
The North Building will be home to nearly 260 stores while the remaining 40 stores will be located in the South Building.
The shopping centre will be built on the concept of ‘for the Vivid Colours of Life’ and will house brands from within and outside of Taiwan, along with Japanese brands, restaurants and eateries.
Some of the retailers that will have stores in the shopping centre include Japanese apparel brands UNIQLO and GU, and MUJI, a household and consumer goods retailer; niko and ···, a clothing brand; and Nitori, a furniture and home accessories brand.
Hands, a hobby and home improvement supplier; ABC-MART, a footwear seller; D+AF, a footwear brand for women; and Akachan Honpo, a Japanese newborn, baby, and kid products retailer, will also open their stores at Lalaport Taichung.
Other stores that will be open in the shopping centre will include Yu Jing Meng, a dried fruits retailer; Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a Japanese drugstore chain; and QB House, a Japanese haircut specialty store. GiGO (formerly Sega) will also open a gaming parlour in the shopping mall.
Eden Social Welfare Foundation, a Taiwan-based organisation for the disabled, will open a massage centre managed by visually impaired people.
Japanese supermarket chain Lopia is opening its first overseas store at the shopping centre. The supermarket giant will open dine-in restaurants Nikutokoro Nikugen, and Nihonbashi Uoman, as well as the reservation-only meat restaurant Kurosen.
Some of the other restaurants and dining options that will be available at the shopping centre include Bravo Beer, Tsutabi Select, Kaldi Coffee Farm, Jiguang Fragrant Chicken, Dr.Origins Dacheng Living Museum, Mister Donut, Fond Korean Tofu Steak, and Häagen-Dazs.
TMA Architects & Associates, an architecture firm based in Taiwan, was selected for the architectural design of the shopping centre.
Ishimoto Architectural & Engineering Firm, a Japan-based firm, was given the responsibility of the location’s exterior and landscaping.
FORMium Landscape Architects, a landscape architectural firm based in Australia, also provided landscape design for the project.
The concept and schematic design for the façade and the double-decked bridge were provided by Buchan, an architectural design firm based in Australia.
Interior design work contract for the shopping centre was awarded to Land Art Labo, an architectural design firm based in Japan.
The Taiwanese division of Taisei Corporation, a civil engineering firm based in Japan, was selected as the main contractor for the project.