Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The construction of the second pineapple cake center in the country got off the ground Monday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan on Monday, said Taipei-based cake shop Vigor Kobo Monday.
The seven-story building, costing NT$300 million (US$11.11 million), will occupy an area of 375 pings (2,037.5 square meters) and is scheduled to be completed in two years, the company said at the groundbreaking ceremony. Vigor Kobo opened its first pineapple cake center in New Taipei in March.
The New Taipei center features high technology, while the one in Kaohsiung will allow visitors to experience the story of pineapple cakes, one of the most loved gift items in Taiwan, said the company's chairman Sun Kuo-hua.
He said that the new pineapple cake center will have an interactive zone where videos on the story of Taiwan's pineapples and the process of making pineapple cakes will be shown, and DIY tutorials will be provided.
Meanwhile, Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Lee Yung-te said at the ceremony that he hopes the new pineapple cake center will help substantially to "stimulate the local economy and tourism."
Vigor Kobo is expected to be listed on the over-the-counter market in November, according to Sun.
(By Chang Che-fon and Lilian Wu)