Construction workers rushing Festival Walk reopeningLocal | 12 Jan 2020 5:30 pm
Workers are rushing the renovation at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong, as the shopping mall gears up to reopen this Thursday.
The mall was closed for repairs starting November, when it was embroiled in the unrest and vandalized by mobsters.
In an infamous scene, the mall's Christmas tree was torched for three consecutive days straight. Yesterday, workers continued repairs despite it was a Sunday.
A worker said they were told about the January 16 deadline, and they are rushing as much as possible. However, some were unsure if works can finish by Thursday, as it was “very rush”.
As seen from outside the main entrance, a lot of construction work was continuing. Glass elevators on that floor remained covered by clothes. However, those on other floors appeared to have finished renovations.
Metal boards surrounded the mall's exterior, which had several openings to allow workers in.
Curiously, there was no opening at the mall's exit leading to Hong Kong Productivity Council building on Tat Chee Avenue which was frequented by shoppers. It remains unclear if shoppers will be allowed to go that way when the mall reopens, or if they will be diverted to other exits including the one leading directly to the Kowloon Tong MTR station.
Residents in Kowloon Tong are looking forward to the reopening, as Festival Walk is the only shopping mall in the area.
A westerner who lives in the surrounding area doubted whether construction can finish this Thursday. He hoped protesters would behave “respectably”.