Luis Rondon Paz
HAVANA TIMES — On Saturday August 30th the Puentes Grandes Shopping Plaza opens its doors in the Cuban capital. The government administered stores are located in a restored building in the municipality of Cerro.
The complex has departments including a perfume shop, supermarket, hardware and appliance stores, a meat market and cafeteria. Surprisingly clothing and shoes are not among the products to be initally offered.
All sales will be charged in two currencies: regular domestic currency (CUP) and freely convertible (CUC) at the exchange rate of 25 x 1.
The new shopping center occupies an entire city block and has two entrances: one on Puentes Grandes St. for pedestrians and the other on 26th Ave. for customers arriving in cars.
In contrast to the new mall, the over a hundred-year-old popular Cuatro Caminos market, also located in Cerro, remains deserted after it closed its doors at the end of January.