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DFS Group decides to change location of planned store

Date Posted: 2002-11-15

DFS Group that had planned to construct a large-scale duty-free shopping complex in Ginowan on a reclaimed area near Okinawa Convention Center has announced that the shop will be built elsewhere. The company says that they will open a large store within two years at a location to be decided at a later date.

According to Okinawa DFS President Satoru Horikawa the company currently concentrates on expanding its shop at Naha Airport. The shop us under construction and is scheduled to open for business in March. “Our shop at Naha Airport will be two and half times larger than our current store as we expect the number of visitors to Okinawa continue to expand,” Horikawa said. He foresees that the number of tourists to Okinawa will increase to 300,000 a month in the near future.

He declined to discuss the possible location of their new shop but said that the company would decide soon. He said that the new shop would be the same size as their store in Hawaii. He added that the store plans to hire about 500 workers.

DFS Group Chairman Mark Dairy is equally optimistic. “Okinawa DFS store will be the best shop we ever had. We will put every bit of experience and knowledge we have into that store,” Dairy said.

He said that what makes Okinawa an especially exiting place to operate is the affects of the new laws designed to promote Okinawan economy. The laws went into effect in April. “Okinawa is a very good place to sell brand-name goods as there’s no import tax. Tax free shops were before restricted to airports, but the new law allows us to open store anywhere within the prefecture,” Dairy explained.

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