Romania’s biggest mall opens today in Băneasa, an area in the northern part of the capital, Bucharest, national media reported.
The Băneasa Shopping City will contain 221 stores, of which 70 per cent are open to customers today. The cafés and restaurants are expected to begin work after next weekend’s Easter holidays the Romanian newspaper Evenimentul Zilei reported.
Beside cosmetic and decorative objects, the mall will also have clothing brands that are entirely new to the Romanian market.
A relatively new phenomenon, no shopping malls existed in the Balkans until a few years ago. Just in the last couple of years, however, they have sprung up en masse and largely replaced the street-side stores and the department stores left from the communist era as preferred shopping places.
Just in Bucharest, there are already 11 malls, including the Băneasa Shopping City one, and 10 more are to open within the next two years. In Romania altogether, there will be more than 70 malls by 2010.