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Las Vegas mall modeled on Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

December 4, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas, where the only design rule is that everything must mirror something else, is getting a new outdoor mall modeled on Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.

Construction began this week on the Grand Bazaar Shops outside of Bally’s Las Vegas. The two-acre (0.8-hectare) outdoor mall is expected to open next fall in the heart of the Strip.

Developer Larry Siegel describes the project as a sanitized, glitzed-out version of a traditional Middle Eastern market.

It will feature a spice market, a butcher shop, and the first Swarovski store to allow customers to haggle over crystals.

Other hyper-specific themes rolled out on the Strip this year include an Eastern European glass factory theater and a China-themed casino complete with live pandas.

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