Mall-formed Life, Food & Culture coming to Nishi-ku

A new 55,000m2 shopping mall with around to 130 stores is to open in Nishi-ku next spring.

The development, led by local retail company Izumi, is at Shoko Center, barely 2km southeast of the Al Park shopping complex. The new mall is to be named LECT [レクト] for which stands for “Living”, “Eating” and “Culture”, plus “T” for “time” or “town”, whichever takes your fancy. The site features a play on the name with sections like “SeLECT”, “ReFLECT”, “ColLECT”


In addition to Izumi itself, 2 “key” tenants are to be Kansai home and garden store CAINZ and Saitama based CCC (Convenience Culture Club) which runs Tsutaya.

LECT is scheduled to open in Spring 2017 and is currently looking for staff.

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.