The fine art of bringing dead malls alive
With 'dead' malls littering the landscape, the churn in India's shopping sector continues. A fresh bunch of contenders are trying to change the way malls are conceived and run
Bengaluru: The first thing that strikes a casual stroller walking into The Grand Venice mall in Greater Noida is how eerie it all looks. The dimly lit ambience and pastel yellow paint, along with the old-time gaslights, supposedly a replication of Venice, only add to the effect. A few selfie-taking youngsters are sprawled on the main stairwell leading to the mall, but nobody asks them to give way since there isn’t much of a crowd passing through. “I think they’ll shut down in a year or two," said Manik Vasudev, a first-time visitor on a recent weekday afternoon. “I don’t think I’ll come again," he said.
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