Aeon Co. said it will open a new supermarket this week in the coastal Chinese city of Qingdao, despite the attack and looting of an outlet during violent anti-Japan protests last month.
The retailer said it will open its ninth store in the city, Qingdao Aeon Marina City Store, on Thursday as scheduled as “local demand remains strong.”
The new supermarket is located in a residential area in the southern part of Qingdao, Shandong Province, where development is under way. It is Aeon’s 49th outlet in China.
The retailer said the supermarket will target young families by selling a range of imported food products, liquors and desserts.
The Aeon group’s Jusco store in Qingdao, which was severely damaged in the protests, has partially resumed operations and aims to return to normal in late November, it said.
Anti-Japan demonstrations erupted in many Chinese cities following the Japanese government’s decision in mid-September to nationalize the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by China and Taiwan.
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