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Las Vegas Mall Modeled On Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

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 outdoor mall is expected to open next fall, on the corner of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard 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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