Central Rama III to Partially Close Until December

Portions of CentralPlaza Rama III were closed Monday for renovations.

BANGKOK — One of the capital’s largest malls will partially close through year’s end for a facelift on its 20th birthday.

The Central Department Store area at CentralPlaza Rama III in Bangkok’s Yan Nawa district will close June 19 through December for renovations. Some retail stores in the mall will continue operating, including Tops Supermarket, Major Cineplex cinema and Fitness First Gym, mall staff said Sunday.

By Monday afternoon, work was already underway in areas of the mall.

Built in 1997, the aquatic-themed mall is a popular weekend destination for neighborhood families.

The Central Department Store will be closed until December.
The cinema, supermarket, food court, gym, electronics section, sports section, children’s play area and Uniqlo will remain operable.
Large sections of the mall have been blocked off, leaving narrow hallways where some brands under renovation have set up booths.
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