To rebuild commercial outlets and ensure market supply in the Wenchuan earthquake areas, the Ministry Of Commerce has decided to build 5,000 convenience stores in these areas by the end of August 2008.
Chang Xiaochun, director of the Department of Market System Development, said that to resume the commercial operation of the seriously affected areas as soon as possible, the Ministry Of Commerce will support these areas in setting up temporary commercial outlets in two ways. One is to offer mobile goods sales vehicles. By June 16, the ministry had sent 370 mobile vehicles to 15 disaster areas in Sichuan and the accumulated sales was over CNY8.5 million.
The other is to set up tent stores with the help of the local civil administration departments. So far, there are a total of 2,455 tent stores in Sichuan and the average daily sales of each store is about CNY2,000. In addition, the ministry will build one to three 20 square meter convenience stores in every temporary settlement area. These convenience stores are made of portable plates and the lifespan of these stores is about two to three years.
At present, the first batch of 200 portable plate convenience stores has been set up in Chengdu, Deyang, Mianyang, Guangyuan, Yaan, and Aba. By the end of August, the Ministry Of Commerce will have set up 5,000 convenience stores and will extend the set up to Gansu and Shaanxi.