List of shopping malls in Nicaragua

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The 1972 Managua earthquake virtually destroyed all of the existing supermarkets, shops and department stores in the city of Managua. New shopping centers and malls were rebuilt on other locations, which formed the bases for Managua's dispersed structure.

History[edit]

The seventies: Rebuilding Managua[edit]

The Somoza regime declared 1973 as the year of "Hope and Reconstruction".[1] Many of the shops destroyed by the earthquake were relocated to the premises of the old Livestock Fair, next to the Colonia Centroamerica neighborhood, forming the Centro Comercial Managua, built in provisional facilities.

A modern and more permanent shopping center was built in 1974, the Centro Comercial Camino de Oriente, with movie theaters, restaurants, a bowling alley and two night clubs, the Lobo Jack and Infinito Discotheque. Under the same premise, a smaller shopping center at the Colonia Centroamerica was built, the Plaza de Compras de la Centroamerica, today almost abandoned housing only a supermarket, a fast food chain and some smaller office spaces.[2]

Several commercial projects were carried out in the seventies, all of them in the new neighborhoods of the periphery of Managua, such as the Centro Comercial Plaza España, built in 1975 in the upscale Bolonia neighborhood.[3] Other shopping centers of that time are the Centro Comercial Nejapa, which housed the Managua Local District Court until the end of 2012,[4] and similar developments in the neighborhoods of Bello Horizonte, Ciudad Jardin and Linda Vista.

Present and future[edit]

Many of the shopping centers built in the seventies are now partially abandoned or used for other purposes. One notable exception is Metrocentro Managua, built in 1974 by Salvadorean investors, and renovated and extended with more store space and the building of the four-star Hotel Real InterContinental Metrocentro Managua in 1998 and 2004.[5][6]

In 1998, thanks to the economic improvement after the civil war of the last decade, the new Plaza Inter shopping mall, was built in Managua's historical center by foreign investors.[7]

With the new millennium, larger and more spacious shopping malls were built, such as Galerías Santo Domingo in 2005 and Multicentro Las Américas in 2006.[8][9][10] In 2011 the first shopping mall outside the capital city Managua was built with the Centro Plaza Occidente in Chinandega.[11][12] Another one, Multicentro Estelí, is scheduled for opening in 2013 in the northern city of Estelí.[13][14]

List of shopping malls[edit]

Image Name Location Opening date Owner No. of stores GLA Location Ref.
Centro Plaza Occidente Chinandega 2011 Santasara, S.A 60 14,361 m2 12°37′19″N 87°07′10″W / 12.621884°N 87.119356°W / 12.621884; -87.119356 (Centro Plaza Occidente) [11][12]
Multicentro Estelí Estelí 2013 Desarrollos de Nicaragua N/A 7,000 m2 13°06′00″N 86°21′07″W / 13.100039°N 86.351947°W / 13.100039; -86.351947 (Multicentro Estelí) [13]
Camino de Oriente Managua 1974 N/A 74 N/A 12°06′38″N 86°15′16″W / 12.110655°N 86.254312°W / 12.110655; -86.254312 (Camino de Oriente) [15]
Centro Comercial Managua Managua 1973 Inversiones Comerciales, S.A.[16] 210 20,500 m2 12°07′00″N 86°14′53″W / 12.116636°N 86.247998°W / 12.116636; -86.247998 (Centro Comercial Managua) [7]
Galeria Siman Managua.jpg Galerías Santo Domingo Managua 2005 Inmobiliaria Santo Domingo 108 57,000 m2 12°06′13″N 86°14′57″W / 12.10366°N 86.249103°W / 12.10366; -86.249103 (Galerías Santo Domingo) [8]
Hotel Inter-Continental Metrocentro.jpg Metrocentro Managua Managua 1974 Grupo Roble 120 50,000 m2 12°07′43″N 86°15′54″W / 12.128537°N 86.264896°W / 12.128537; -86.264896 (Metrocentro Managua) [5][6]
Multicentro Las Americas.jpg Multicentro Las Américas Managua 2006 Desarrollos Sooner 147 53,000 m2 12°08′21″N 86°13′44″W / 12.139273°N 86.229024°W / 12.139273; -86.229024 (Multicentro Las Américas) [9][10]
Plaza Inter Shopping Mall West Entrance.jpg Plaza Inter Managua 1998 Nica Eastern Development 65 16,000 m2 12°08′40″N 86°16′28″W / 12.144499°N 86.274332°W / 12.144499; -86.274332 (Plaza Inter) [7]

Strip malls[edit]

As Managua spread out following the earthquake, a large number of strip malls, or shopping plazas, were built all around the city. These strip malls are home to a small number of stores, usually between five and fifteen, and are located in Managua's main commercial arteries and neighbourhoods. A non-exhaustive list of strip malls include:[17]

  • Centro Comercial Alpha
  • Centro Comercial Ciudad Jardín
  • Centro Comercial El Tiangue
  • Centro Comercial Linda Vista
  • Centro Comercial Plaza España
  • Plaza Bolonia
  • Plaza Cadin
  • Plaza Caracol
  • Plaza Conchito
  • Plaza Consuelo
  • Plaza Flamingo
  • Plaza El Güegüense
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Plaza Nogal
  • Plaza Porta's
  • Plaza San Agustín
  • Plaza Santrinni
  • Plaza Toscana
  • Plaza Trébol
  • Shopping Center Las Colinas

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