When builder Harald Huth opened his nearly €1 billion or $1.09 billion Mall of Berlin in September 2014, curious Berliners and tourists swarmed the shopping center on Leipziger Platz.
Nowadays, the atmosphere is different. The mall was fairly quiet last Friday afternoon, normally a busy time for retailers. On Saturday too, traditionally the most popular day for shopping, the only crowds were at the self-service food court.
Some retailers are disillusioned.
“The hype is over,” said a sales assistant in a fashion shop on the second floor. Berlin shoppers had discovered many of the same deals in other retail centers around the city, the worker said.