Convenience store chains in Taipei to cash in on New Year’s Eve

50 percent increase in customers expected for convenience stores in Xinyi District

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(CNA/7-Eleven photo)

(CNA/7-Eleven photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The four major convenience store chains in Taiwan are making sure their outlets in Taipei’s Xinyi District have stockpiled sufficient inventory to accommodate the enormous demand of the expected influx of New Year’s Eve revelers.

This district of the capital city has long been a draw for visitors participating in the countdown held each year by the Taipei City Government to herald the New Year. The fireworks spectacle at Taipei 101, the skyscraper which held the title of the world’s tallest building title for six years, is something that party-goers do not want to miss.

Glass walls have been removed, manpower added, and stocks replenished to prepare convenience stores for the year-end celebration, reported CNA. The 30 7-Eleven stores in the area are expected to see a 50 percent increase in customers on Dec. 31.

FamilyMart, Hi-Life, and OK Mart have also geared up for the expected surge of customers with discounts and more five times the usual number of staff at the ready, said the report. According to the convenience stores, snacks, baked sweet potatoes, beverages, beer, hot dogs, and coffee are some of most popular items among revelers as they usher in the New Year.