First time there over the weekend. Decent size outdoor mall and continuing to expand. Very crowded but someone said weekdays are empty. A few typical restaurants and a food court. They have a few shops not normally seen in Taiwan. Not really outlet prices. True Religion jeans are NT$20,000<not a typo.
Convenient 2 minute walk to MRT and Taoyuan HSR station with Sushi Express, Ippudo, Krispy Kreme donuts. Wonder if it’s worth an HSR ride from and back to Taipei.
That’s what I want to know, what do you think? I’ve wanted to check it out (along with the Mitsui outlet in Linkou), not necessarily to buy shit but as a bit of an excursion/day time activity/window shop exercise.
I’m definitely not a shopper, but I like the outdoor plaza feeling of this mall; reminds me of places back in the U.S. They’re expanding right now so I guess they’re doing alright, or at least have plenty of investors.
It’s all part of their “Aerotropolis” plan. IIRC, the first part of the opening the outlet mall was something like 30% of the plan. Eventually they will have movie theaters and others. That whole area is blowing up as far as new high-occupancy buildings going up. There’s a nice park near by, recreational baseball fields, as well as the Lamigo Monkeys baseball stadium.
If all those new homes actually fill up, that place will be entirely overcrowded!
Street level in the area seems like a terrible feeling. Just wide streets, tall buildings, no street level activity. Need to drive to do anything. Even though marketed as near MRT and HSR, most places are not within reasonable walking distance especially if on a schedule or in bad weather.
I’ve been a few times in during the week and it generally is empty - used to have Chinese tour groups but I imagine they don’t show up nowadays. I don’t believe that I’ve ever bought anything outside of the food court though.
It looks huge from the Taoyuan MRT platform. Huge and empty, like it’s never open (to be fair, though, the MRT platform isn’t the best vantage point to observe what’s going on at street level at Gloria mall).