North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered sections of several hotels in Pyongyang to be remodeled by the end of 2021, Daily NK has learned.
Specifically, Kim ordered that hotels for foreign visitors be rebuilt in a modern way to conform with world standards. The order seems to suggest that the country is preparing to opening its borders in the “post-coronavirus era” as part of efforts to earn foreign currency.
A military source told the Daily NK on Sunday that Kim handed down the order to the command of the Seventh General Department, a military engineering unit, on Oct. 5.
Specifically, North Korean authorities ordered the unit to rebuild the basement restaurant and revolving observatory restaurant of the Koryo Hotel Pyongyang; the hall and 80 guest rooms of the Pothonggang Hotel; the revolving observatory restaurant, basement bowling alley and arcade of the Yanggakdo International Hotel; 30 bedrooms of the Sosan Hotel; and shops in the Pyongyang Hotel.
The order called for all the reconstruction projects to be completed by the “end of 2021.” This seems to suggest that the country’s leadership believes the COVID-19 pandemic will end next year.
The source explained that the Workers’ Party has an “unchanging” policy to keep promoting the tourism industry and attracting tourists to the country as a way to secure funds for the party along with foreign currency.
In short, the authorities wish to highlight North Korea’s image as a “normal country” by bringing several hotels in Pyongyang up to world standards. Meanwhile, they aim to create an opportunity for the country to “break through” its economic troubles by using its image as a “COVID-19-free” nation to attract tourists.
Kim’s latest order hints that the authorities may also be trying
The brewpub will be getting a makeover.
Snake River Brewing will close its restaurant Oct. 19 to begin a remodeling project.
“This seems to be the year to do it,” Sales and Marketing Director Luke Bauer told the News&Guide.
The construction timing isn’t “totally clear,” he said, though Sunday, Oct. 18, will definitely be the last day of service.
As for the reopening, “I suspect it will be a couple of months, for sure,” Bauer said. “If it turns out to be longer … we’ll certainly be vocal about that on social media to keep people in the loop.”
He said the company doesn’t want to reveal too much about the remodeling plans.
If you love Snake River Brewing’s beers, fear not. The brewery is not shutting down.
“We will keep brewing, keep producing, keep having packaged product available,” Bauer said.
ALLIANCE Walmart has completed remodeling projects in its store at 2700 W. State St.
The changes offer a new look and help customers save time, said Sarah Hall, store manager, in a press release.
“Nearly every department in this store was refreshed in one way or another and our customers will immediately notice the exciting updates when they walk through the door,” she said.
Changes covered the basics: new signs, lighting and flooring throughout the store, remodeled bathrooms, new shelving and lower fixtures, and an increased number of products in the home, pets, sporting goods and hardware sections.
The layout of the grocery has changed. There are new produce tables, a hot case and ready-to-go items in the new deli counter.
The electronics department now has interactive displays that allow customers to test products before making a purchase.
The store also has made changes to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It includes adjusted store hours — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. — to allow employees to clean and stock shelves. Store employees now undergo screenings and temperature checks before starting work and are required to wear masks.
This article originally appeared on The Repository: Walmart completes work remodeling Alliance location