Monday, March 05, 2012 -
A new ‘hypermarket’ – a combination of a department store and a supermarket – will be built in the Turkmen capital Ashgabat this year, state-run media reported on Monday.
The market will take up 24 acres, and construction is expected to begin this year. It will take two years to complete the complex, the Turkmenistan.ru news agency reported.
The complex will include the hypermarket, offices, and a parking lot that will accommodate 1400 cars.
Office space will be provided for a variety of industries, including several exchange bureaus, mobile phones and services shops, nurseries, and pharmacies.
The complex is also expected to include playgrounds, recreation areas, and catering areas.
Last year, the country said it constructed the region’s largest bazaar in the north of the capital.
The 247-acre marketplace is divided into separate trading zones selling different sorts of wares. The largest part of the market is devoted to the sale of food, which is located in the center of the bazaar.
The bazaar also boasts a 100-bed hotel and is connected to a network of bistros and cafes.
Turkmenistan’s citizens are largely impoverished, because very little of the country’s vast gas wealth is believed to have trickled down to individuals.