LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas, where the only design rule seems to be that everything must mirror something else, is getting a new mall modeled on Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.
Construction began this week on the Grand Bazaar Shops outside of Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The 2-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.
"They're really interesting places where people can gather, and it's a real experience in terms of sights and sounds and smells. That's what we're trying to create here in a more sophisticated, modern way," he said.
The walking mall will feature a spice market, a butcher shop, and the first Swarovski store that will allow customers to haggle over crystals.