Citywalk has emerged as a popular retail complex, adding excitement to the shopping landscape in Tsuen Wan since opening in December last year. Jointly developed by Sino Group and the Urban Renewal Authority, the retail development is located in Yeung Uk Road offering 300,000 sqft for local and international retailers, and food and beverage outlets. According to Irene So Kit-lin, general manager of retail marketing and promotions at Sino Group, the project has a large catchment area with access to more than 790,000 residents and a working population of more than 415,000 in Tsuen Wan. The population in the area is expected to grow further, given the spate of large-scale property developments in the pipeline. It has been estimated that more than 10,000 new residential units will be completed along Yeung Uk Road by 2010 in addition to 2,000 five-star hotel rooms and about 500,000 sqft grade A office space. As Tsuen Wan's population profile is relatively young with high spending power, Ms So said Citywalk had successfully brought in popular brands, such as Marks and Spencer, Francfranc Design for Life, Uniqlo, Li Ning Sports Shop, Waraku Japanese Casual Dining, UML Hobby Mega Store, MOS Burger, Kouryu Ramen and Jade Garden, to offer a fun and exciting shopping experience. Citywalk also featured a wide range of quality sportswear brands such as Quiksilver, adidas, C.P.U., Marathon Sports, Royal Sporting House and Eastpak, making it a shopping hotspot for a host of younger sports fans, she said. The shopping mall is now 95 per cent leased with one-third of the space allocated to food and beverage outlets, and the rest to a range of local and international fashion brands, international department stores, home furnishings, jewellery, sportswear and accessories. The shops range in size from 228 sqft to 25,000 sqft. According to Sino, the three-storey mall accommodates about 180 retailers and restaurants, many of them newcomers to the district. About 70,000 shoppers visit the mall every weekday and the number of visitors rises to about 140,000 each day over the weekends. The rental rates for the shops range from about $40 per sqft to $300 per sqft a month. Ms So said Citywalk, Hong Kong's first 'green shopping mall', was accorded a platinum standard rating by the Hong Kong BEAM Society. The project was designed with a 'nature-cum-shopping' concept in mind and included the Citywalk Piazza that encompassed 40,000 sqft of 'green' space with landscaped water features and an 8,000 sqft vertical garden, the biggest of its kind in Hong Kong. 'The object of the design is to provide shoppers with a fun, natural environment compared with conventional wall-to-wall shopping malls,' she said. 'It's the perfect fusion of nature and shopping.'