The market hall at Marheinekeplatz is undergoing renovation. And all of the current merchants were put in a village (Händlerdorf) of merchants outside on Marheinekeplatz. Which looks very weird. Especially at this time of the year where the scenery clearly lacks color and life in general.


There is a bit of a controversy here as well, because when they plan to re-open the place, they want to get rid off half of the merchants – especially the ones offering what’s already offered by another merchant at the place. So for example, no two bakeries – just a single one. Not two places to buy my veggies – but one.

And so on, and so on. I sure don’t know why anyone would give a flying f*ck and try to kick people out when it worked for all those years. But I guess you can’t stop the change.

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4 Comments so far

  1. William Thirteen (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    only the strong survive!

  2. Didier (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    In Berlin there’s the KDW, The Galeries Lafayette, and the big Galeria Kaufhaus am Alexanderplatz, I think it’s two too many, they all sell the same stuff, the city should choose one and close the other two :-)

  3. till (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    Can’t be serious. ;)

    For example, for myself it takes like 20 minutes to get to either. Do I want this? I’d probably go to Karstadt at Hermannplatz instead (2 stations only) or to a shop in the ‘hood.

    Berlin is big enough for all.

  4. max mey (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 7:19 pm


    it’s not true that they all have the same stuff. Galeria Kaufhof am Alex has NOTHING. really. i went there several times to get something, they never could help me out. and i’m talking about “DIN A 4 Versandtaschen” (not “Umschläge”, yes there’s a diffrence) or 120 g/qm color laserprinter paper. these are things that aren’t that special, or not?
    And in addition to that: the kadewe has about 80.000 square meters sales area, i think. the lafayette comes around with a tenth: 8.000.
    any questions?

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