AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom opens
April 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
A large commercial complex, AEON MALL Okinawa Rycom, which was built on the site of the former U.S. Marine Corps’ Awase Meadows Golf Course in Kitanakagusuku village, opened on April 25. Business people and municipal officials stressed that the mall is a good example of how to redevelop land returned to the local community by the U.S. military. They also expect it will bring benefits to the entire Okinawa Prefecture as well as to the central area of the island. The mall aims to attract tourists from other prefectures and abroad.
On the morning of the opening, about 11,000 people queued to enter the mall. The large turnout caused long traffic jams in both directions on national highway 330 from the Rycom/Raikamu intersection.
The mall is 175,000 square meters in size and its store area measures 78,000 square meters. It is the largest commercial facility in Okinawa and consists of 228 specialty shops.
The Okinawa Rycom is described as a “resort mall” and is the first such venture by the AEON group. The mall will be promoted to attract tourists from the rest of Japan and abroad. It has set a goal of attracting 12 million people yearly.
According to management, 210,000 people visited the mall on the three days between April 22 and 24, during the special pre-open period for neighborhood residents.
(English translation by T&CT)
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