A Sneak Peak At The New TsUM

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March 16, 2012, 1:31 a.m. | Kyiv — by Oksana Faryna

Billionaire Rinat Akhmetov’s ESTA Holding, the Central Department Store’s new owner, says that the 1939 facade of Kyiv TsUM will be preserved during reconstruction. The new mall will open in 2014.
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Oksana Faryna

Kyiv Post Staff Writer

For Kyiv’s Central Department Store, or TsUM, it’s goodbye, Lenin and hello, modernity.
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Jaroslaw Sawka March 16, 2012, 5:20 a.m.    

Why??? Now how about Shopping Centers and Hotels at GULAG camps but preserving those structures?

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Olga K March 16, 2012, 9:07 a.m.    

I am afraid they are going to create another monstrosity. Looks like another pedestrian contemporary mall in North America or Asia. I doubt that anybody would do something like that with Harrods or that these people have any understanding or appreciation of Kyiv's unique historical environment. All they have is an all-consuming need to consume. What in the world do they know about civilization? Even stalinist architecture has more Ukrainian national elements to it than most tasteless architectural caricatures that populated the streets or this ones unique city in the last decade or so.

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harry krishna March 16, 2012, 7:03 p.m.    

more like a copy of the bleak, stark, cold soviet look. why not something that looks like ukraine?

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Phill M March 17, 2012, 10:30 p.m.    

So, lets spend a hundred million dollars on renovating a store to allow overly-priced 'European and North American' style products to be sold to Ukrainians who cannot really afford them nor really need them. And, while doing so, lets make the design ultra-modern, so that Ukrainians can feel good about having such an overly priced shopping center to enjoy.

Lets make it such an ultra-modern design that we can charge $150,000 a year per square foot of store space. Assuredly this will keep prices 'highly competitive'-- or at least eliminate the weak.

At least, if the design concept image is any indication, there is amble space to jump and plunge three floors to one's demise when the costumer discovers that the price was in Euros, not Hryvna, and that the policy is 'if you bring it to the cash register, you have to pay for it'.

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