Fukui City, Closed as a Measure Against the Novel Coronavirus
PARIO CITY, a shopping centre in Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, has been closed as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); on April 20th, the shopping centre will reopen for business. Including the grocery store, Yasusaki Gurume-Kan, the temporary operating hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A representative and staff of the Eastern Business Development Association, which manages PARIO CITY, had previously been confirmed positive for COVID-19; business operations were then restricted from April 5th.
“We have disinfected the building interior, and are being thorough with the health and hygiene management of our staff; placing the customers’ safety and security at the highest priority, we will be reopening the whole shopping centre,” stated PARIO CITY on its website.
Shops including Kobe Cook WORLD BUFFET, Curves, and Sugakiya will remain closed.
Until April 17th, Initially April 5th to 10th
On April 7th, the Eastern Business Development Association announced on its website that PARIO CITY (in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City), which the association manages and has been closed as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), will be extending its closure until April 17th. On April 4th, the association had announced the closure from April 5th to the 10th.
A Measure to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
On April 4th, the Eastern Business Development Association, which manages PARIO CITY (in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City), announced that all of PARIO CITY will be closed from April 5th to the 10th, as a measure to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). After an association representative was confirmed with the virus on April 1st, disinfection was carried out on the interior of the shopping centre, and continued operation; however, from the standpoint of ensuring the safety of customers and employees, the decision was changed to suspend business operations.
Businesses that will be closed include, YASUSAKI Gurume-Kan, Kobe Cook WORLD BUFFET, Toys “R” Us Fukui, and Mister Donut. Disinfection of the shopping centre interior will be carried out once again. The Fukui City East Service Center and TSUTAYA Fukui PARIO, located in the same area, will continue to be open for business.
This is the second shopping centre within Fukui Prefecture to suspend business, after WaiPlaza Shinbo (in Fukui City), which is managed by the YASUSAKI group, after one of its company executives was confirmed with the virus.
Competition Between Shops Picking Up Steam, Chocolates Lined Up Appealing to Women’s Hearts
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, business competition among shopping centres within Fukui Prefecture is picking up steam. With many kinds of chocolates for everyone, including for those looking to treat themselves, or to exchange as gifts between friends, the sales sections are specially organized with the various flavours and appearances in mind, lining up the gorgeous products to best appeal to the women’s hearts.
MAIMON, a Fukui City gift shop within the PARIO CITY shopping centre, has a special sales corner with around 300 different products; included among the lineup are chocolates with flavours meant to evoke images from a long-running TV series, featuring main characters Akechi Mitsuhide and Oda Nobunaga. One product, from a famous hotel in Tokyo, features a fruity and sour flavour, with its appearance having vivid colours. There are also products aimed towards adults, having a more subtle sweetness.
The sales peak for Valentine’s Day is during the three days prior.
On January 21st, children and their parents were carefully evaluating the sweets together.
“I want to give my husband a higher quality chocolate than what I normally buy, as a way to express my thanks for our daily life,” said a 45-year-old woman.
“I want to make sweets and give it to my friends,” said the 18-year-old daughter with a smile.