Lotte Department Store to Stay Open During Chuseok

Lotte Department Store will stay open during Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving. It decided to keep its three main branches open during one of Korea's biggest holidays, except on Sept. 8 to serve an anticipated rush of Chinese customers.

The stores in Sogong-dong and Jamsil, Seoul and Bujeon-dong, Busan will close only on Sept. 8. In previous years it closed for two days, but decided to stay open this year as a boost in Chinese tourists is expected during the holiday season.

Chinese customers accounted for 15 percent of total sales at the Sogong-dong branch so far this year, and 5 percent each at the outlets in Jamsil and Bujeon-dong.

Meanwhile, Hyundai Department Store will close on Sept. 8-9, and Shinsegae Department Store on Sept. 7-8. / Sep. 01, 2014 09:51 KST