Now that Marks & Spencer moved out of Markaz al Bahja, I haven’t really had any need to visit the mall, but will that change when Matalan – think Primark meets BHS – moves into M&S’ old spot. I snapped this photo last Tuesday so the signs and everything are up outside, but the inside of the store seems pretty empty. Is this another case of “We will open next week inshallah” because according to reports by Matalan they were going to open by the end of March. Maybe they meant March 2013 because we have just one day left and it seems a bit sad to open with no notification to shoppers!
I just hope that prices will be as cheap as they are in the UK because I am fed up going into shops – Monsoon and H&M are the two that stick out – and finding a dress that costs me 40 pounds (RO25) in the UK costs nearer to RO40 in Muscat. Only time will tell I guess and we desperately need some new shops here after Muscat Grand Mall opened full of shops that – shock horror – we already have!!
What shops would you like to see here? Out of curiosity, where do you normally go to shop here or do you –like I tend to – save it for trips abroad?