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MTR Corp unveils new mall The Wai in Hong Kong

The Wai, MTR Corporation’s new mall in Hong Kong’s Tai Wai, opened to much fanfare on July 22, less than a week following the disbursement of the Hong Kong government’s consumption vouchers on July 16.

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Situated atop Sha Tin’s Tai Wai station, The Wai spans 650,000 square feet, with four retail floors housing some 150 merchants.

Among the major brands that have opened their stores at The Wai over the weekend are Nike, New Balance, Puma, Pandora, Uniqlo, Mercedes-Benz, Eslite, and Muji, while a number of others, including Owndays and Rains, are set to open soon.

The Wai also now houses the first cinema in the area, Emperor Cinemas Plus, which spans two floors and six independent movie houses.

The Wai features multiple entrances and newly constructed pedestrian footbridges that connect to the station, along with public transport interchanges connecting residential estates. Located above Tai Wai station, the mall is connected to two railway lines — Tuen Ma and East Rail lines — as well as major tunnels, providing access to Hong Kong, Kowloon, and New Territories.

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MTR Corp is slated to unveil this year another mall within a commercial hub, The Southside, which will become the largest mall on Hong Kong’s Southern district, catering primarily to residents of neighbourhoods such as Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Ap Lei Chau, and Repulse Bay.

The development will be situated above MTR Wong Chuk Hang station, offering shoppers an eight-minute link to Admiralty station.