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Will this mall put Beirut's fruit vendors out of business?

A new mall for produce, scheduled to be opened next year, will test Beirut's attachment to traditional markets and street vendors.

The construction of a huge market for fruits and vegetables in the populous Tarik el-Jdide area in Beirut has created a controversy between traditional street cart vendors and the project's advocates who believe the market will revolutionize the sale of fruits and vegetables.

The market will be located in a 10,400-square-meter (2.6-acre) mall on the so-called Jalloul land that belongs to the municipality of Beirut. Al-Jihad for Commerce and Contracting, a local company that handles projects for many public facilities in Lebanon, started the construction of the mall in February 2018. The construction is to be completed and handed over to the municipality in January 2020, according to the contract signed between the two.

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