After 33 years at the same location, Taipei's famous Kuang Hua Tech Mart opens its doors today for the final time before moving to its temporary new location next Wednesday.
The bazaar style market became the place to go for the latest state-of-the-art electronic goods such as laptops, printers, MP3 players, computer softwares, cellular phones, and digital cameras at discounted prices.
It was not only a mecca for a computer whiz or gadget lover, but served also as a haven of second hand books, comics, DVDs, and pornography on its lower floor. Many foreign travelers designated the mart as a "must see" on visits to Taiwan.
Starting January 18, bargain hunters will have to trek to the corner of Jinshan South Road and Civic Boulevard to find the market, but they still have today to find deals at the old location. Eager to clean out their existing inventory before moving, most vendors are expected to offer deep discounts to customers.
Lin Wen-wei, the president of the Kuang Hua Vendors Self-help Alliance, said yesterday that to avoid losing their regular customers to the move, many shop owners will also offer attractive deals to lure shoppers to the new location.
He added that all visitors to the new location between now and February 10 will have a chance to enter a contest to win prizes such as Acer laptops, desktops, AMD Athlon 64 CPU, color display cards, and many other computer accessories.
The winners will be announced on February 10, the grand reopening of the new mart, Lin added.
Although many vendors and long-term customers are sad to say farewell to the original site, the new location offers plenty of parking spaces and is only about 500 meters away from the current site.
At 2,800 pings, or over 100,000 square feet, the new facilities can also accommodate 196 shops, double the amount of the current location.
The market is expected to move into its permanent residence when the Taipei Information Technology Building is completed in February 2007.