Wharf (Holdings) is pushing back the August opening of its 400,000 square foot retail complex in Gateway II until October because most retailers are not ready to open, according to Doreen Lee Yuk-fong, an executive director of subsidiary Wharf Properties. She estimated that by September, only about 30 per cent of the 100 or so retailers would have their shops up and running in the new property in Tsim Sha Tsui. 'We want to be in better shape when we open,' she said. Ms Lee said the delay was 'beyond our control'. 'We require government inspectors to inspect the changes,' she said. The retail portion of Gateway II involves the renovation of part of Harbour City shopping plaza. 'There are some parts like the Harbour City portion which can't be handed over,' she said, 'because the building inspectors have not been around to inspect the site.' Ms Lee said the downturn in the retail sector had also hampered the opening. 'Retailers are not keen to open in August when all the shops are having sales,' she said. They would rather open later when the new fall and winter fashion collections come into the stores, she said. Wharf said that about 70 per cent of the four-floor retail complex had been leased out.