Centro Sambil Caracas, located in Caracas, Venezuela, is the sixth largest shopping mall in South America. It was completed in 1998 and has over 500 stores in approximately 3 million square-feet (250,000 square metres). The mall has five levels: Autopista, Libertador, Acuario, Feria, and Diversión. There are other Sambil malls located in Valencia, Margarita, Maracaibo, San Cristóbal, Barquisimeto, Paraguaná, Santo Domingo, Curaçao and Madrid.
A second mall was planned for Caracas under the name "Centro Sambil La Candelaria." However, in December 2010, before construction of the building was completed, the Venezuelan government, under then-President Hugo Chávez, expropriated the building while citing concerns with congestion. As of February 2014, the building remained unfinished and unoccupied.
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- Unknown US official (2008-12-23). "CHAVEZ ORDERS THE EXPROPRIATION OF JEWISH-OWNED MALL UNDER CONSTRUCTION". WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks cable: 08CARACAS1765_a. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
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