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19 August 2014 | General News | By: Will Noble

East London To Get An All-Asian Shopping Mall

An artist's impression of the new shopping centre.

East London is to get an all-Asian shopping mall — (debatably) touted as Europe's first — when East Shopping Centre opens in October.

Currently being built on Green Street in Newham, it will comprise 35 two-storey units, a 17-unit souk (for smaller traders), and a large food court.

Developers hope that East Shopping Centre — built on the site of a former bus depot — will generate up to 200 new jobs, as well as add further Asian shops to the area, which already features a large number of jewellery, Asian clothing and similar stores, catering to the predominantly South Asian population.

A spokesperson from ACR Investments Ltd, which is spearheading the project, said:

"Green Street is already a major hub for people to shop for clothes, food, accessories and everything in between.

"Our aim is for East Shopping Centre to enhance the street’s appeal and expand on this vibrant shopping destination by attracting new consumers and businesses."

As yet, it's undisclosed which traders have signed leases for East Shopping Centre, although those in jewellery and fashion are tipped to feature prominently. A panoply of Asian cuisine (which the area already knows a thing or two about) will sate hungry shoppers.

East Shopping Centre will use solar panels to supplement electricity supply, and flow restrictors and harvesters to help conserve water.

The last major mall to spring up in east London was Westfield Stratford City, which opened in 2011, and is the third-largest shopping centre in the UK.

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Guest

First? Doesn't the (now defunct) Yaohan Plaza count?

Somersetchris

Has everyone forgotten Oriental City already?

Aleksa Sansom

wtf

Aaron Smith

Will there be an All Caucasian one following too??

Nadia Gmati Mensi

is this mall close to hammersmith

Aaron

Love the food. But, being caucasian, that means I cannot rent a shop there? That's not possible is it? That would be racism. And racism is wrong.

guest

Green street market has a predominately asian culture, so this not a shock to the area, newham or east london. This for me seems to be an improvement from what it already is. Good job!

anish kotecha

Dear all it is not about colour or race. It is about what would that shop sell. There have already been high street stores who want a store, but it's meant to be a asain wedding/asain fashion boutique. If what you wanted to open works towards that, then more than likely you would get a store

ClairePW

Am I missing something? Where does it say that this shopping centre is for Caucasians only?? Like someone else said, it's clear that it's an extension of Green Street, which sells mainly Asian goods! Some people need to get a life!

J. Thomas

It doesn't create jobs or help the economy. Canada has one and only foreigner immigrant Chinese work at them.

Daniel Johnson

Why do we need an all-asian mall; isn't it potentially inflammatory towards certain groups in our society? Would it not be better to call it 'asian-themed' in the interests of inclusiveness?

Nevermind

What the..
NO.
WHY.

Ludafeju

There are two in Budapest, Hungary, one of them called Asia Center (http://www.asiacenter.hu/ ). Although "asian" there means China/Korea/Vietnam etc and not India/Pakistan/B'desh.

Also, there is one in Malmö, Sweden, called Rosengård Centrum