Taipei's Core Pacific Living Mall will close its doors for the final time on Nov. 30 after 18 years of operations. Founder Shen Ching-ching says the mall was his pride and glory and also an 18-year headache. He became emotional when he started talking about what would happen to mall employees.
Core Pacific Living Mall founder Shen Ching-ching presides over a lights-out ceremony on Thanksgiving Day.
The lights in the sphere are being turned off floor by floor, symbolizing the closure of Living Mall.
The mall was once the world's largest spherical structure and at one point Taiwan's only 24-hour mall. Shen first came up with the idea of a 24-hour entertainment and shopping center in 1987, and the mall opened in 2001.
It was a dream come true, a source of pride, and an 18-year headache.
The mall lost money year after year. Shen says he has already paid the price for his past mistakes, but grew emotional when he was asked about the future of the mall's 120 employees.
I've never called my colleagues "employees." They will always be my colleagues and my comrades. To call them "employees" would be doing wrong by them. They will always be my colleagues, not [my] workers.
The Core Pacific Group is working with the Taiwan Council of Shopping Centers to find new jobs for the workers. The mall, which was sold earlier this year, will be torn down and replaced with a commercial complex. Nov. 30 will be the final day of business.