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Department Stores In Beijing Adjust Opening Time During Olympic Games

In accordance with a recommendation from the Beijing government for traffic diversion during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, from July 20, 2008 to September 20, 2008, some large-scale department stores in Beijing will adjust their opening time to 10 am and their closing time will also be postponed accordingly.

A representative from the Beijing Bureau of Commerce said that a notice about the detailed implementation methods will be promulgated in the next few days. He said that the notice will not regulate the closing time of department stores by coercion. In addition, the detailed adjustments will be different in accordance with the different locations of these department stores, the schedules of public transportations, and the effects brought by these department stores to the Olympic Games.

Many department stores have expressed their willingness to strictly observe the orders of the government. They will adjust their opening time and extend their business time appropriately. At present, most of the department stores in Beijing have adjusted their opening time to 10 am, with the exception of Shuang-An Mall, Parkson, Ito Yokado, SciTech Plaza, Yansha, and Silk Street, which open at 9 am or 9:30 am.

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