Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Greed and Waste: 4-year-old Al-Manshar Mall Being Demolished
Al-manshar mall in Fahaheel is only 4 years old. It is a lovely little place with small souvenir shops, restaurants, etc, across the street from Kout Mall. All the shop owners have been asked to vacate by June so that the mall can be demolished for the creation of yet ANOTHER mall with higher rents.
What a waste.
Instead of tearing lovely malls down, why not get creative and try to re-work what you have? Malls throughout Kuwait have lots of foot traffic with very little being sold. Al-Manshar at least has places where you can buy gift items from Kuwait (or about Kuwait).
It is owned by the same people who own the 360 Mall; another pretty mall that lots of people don't frequent - unless it is to go to the restaurants or coffee shops. Perhaps it is time to change the business model....
I would love to see a Mubarakia-style mall in Al-Manshar; traditional which would draw people. Lots of expats live in Fintas/Fahaheel/Mahboula - why not cater to that market?
So sad that Kuwait is obsessed with making money (and obviously - NOT with planning).
Please tell me that at the very least the building materials will be recycled.