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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wilmersdorfer Arcaden: Yet another shopping mall

Next Wednesday (26th September) Berlin will get its second new shopping centre this month. Following hard on the heels of Alexa, the new Wilmersdorfer Arcaden will be opening its doors on Charlottenburg's Wilmersdorfer Straße shopping street. The Wilmersdorfer Arcaden will have around 100 shops, cafes and restaurants, and an unusual main mall three storeys high running in a 180 metre long curve.

Another feauture is a 2.1 metres tall aluminium figure of a woman (!) laden down with shopping bags installed on the mall's roof: every half hour this figure, called "Wilma", will move along a 30m trackway. No doubt visitors from far and wide will flock to see this piece of high-tech (though it's unlikely the chaotic scenes at the Alexa opening will be repeated).

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