Monday, March 4, 2024

New mall in Mérida is one of the largest in Mexico

A massive new shopping center opens this weekend in Mérida, Yucatán.

The Harbor Mérida, located in the north of the Yucatán capital, is one of the five biggest megamalls in Mexico.

The complex was built over a period of two years by property developers Thor Urbana and Inmobilia with an investment of 1.4 billion pesos (US $72.6 million).

Gran Chapur, a Yucatán-based department store, is the centerpiece of the new mall. The company invested more than 280 million pesos (US $14.5 million) to secure its place in the exclusive development.

The shopping center features elements that are reminiscent of Yucatán’s famous cenotes, or sinkholes, which are popular for swimming. It was designed by Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects.

Among the other stores in The Harbor Mérida are fashion chains Forever 21, Under Armour, Kipling and Sunglass Hut. A range of restaurants and cinema chain Cinépolis provide dining and entertainment options.

The mall will create around 800 direct and 960 indirect jobs.

Developer Thor Urbana, which will operate the center, is also behind a 6-billion-peso shopping and lifestyle complex that will open in Metepec, México state, next month.

Source: El Financiero (sp) 

Hot, dry weather in the forecast across Mexico

Temperatures will range between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius (86 to 104 F) this week in parts of Mexico as the spring season approaches.

Authorities say Oaxaca wildfire is now 95% under control

Over 400 firefighters are working to contain a wildfire on the outskirts of Oaxaca City that has affected 704 hectares of forest.
A gray whale surfaces near a boat in the waters off Mulegé, Baja California Sur

The week in photos from Mexico: Huachinango to Tulum

Take a visual tour of the country with this selection of photos highlighting the events of the week in Mexico, from the everyday to the exceptional.