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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Hyatt Plaza takes down one of world’s largest shopping carts

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Hyatt Plaza shopping cart

After 11 years, Hyatt Plaza this week has torn down the iconic green shopping cart erected in its parking lot as part of a new rebranding effort.

Speaking to Doha News, the mall’s general manager said the trolley initially signified that Hyatt Plaza hosted one of Qatar’s largest supermarkets.

Giant Stores has since closed and was replaced last year with French hypermarket chain Géant – but the mall is now more than just a grocery store stop, Firoz Moideen said.

“The icon doesn’t work anymore. Something new is required.”

Out with the old

Moideen added that whatever is going to replace the trolly is still up for debate, as co-workers discuss whether the new design should be the biggest, look futuristic, or just plain attractive.

And the enormous grocery cart, which residents believe to be among the world’s largest, is going straight to the scrap metal pile, he said.

The trolley is not the only icon Qatar residents have bid goodbye to over the past year. The Oryx and Arch/Rainbow atop the former roundabouts of the same names have both been taken down to make way for less congestion.

Thoughts?

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Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
7 years ago

No logic in his comment

sadam
sadam
7 years ago

welcome to the world’s most amazing & boring city.

wee_johnnie
wee_johnnie
7 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Will miss the trolley. What will be next to disappear from the Doha streetscene? The crossed swords on Grand Hamad?

truth.e.ness
truth.e.ness
7 years ago
Reply to  sadam

boring? yes. i don’t know about amazing. amazingly boring?

KaKaw!
KaKaw!
7 years ago
Reply to  truth.e.ness

He’s not wrong. There’s so much fancy stuff every where but man, it’s a small country.

JumpUp&Kiss
JumpUp&Kiss
7 years ago

It would be good if the authorities put up the Oryx and other landmarks at their respective junctions.

Sarah010
Sarah010
7 years ago
Reply to  JumpUp&Kiss

Or keep all these old landmarks in one place for us to relive our memories, kind of like China’s World Park

Guest
Guest
7 years ago

Screw hyatt plaza. That trolley was my kids favorite and now its gone for no good reason. Congratulations to the malls management for another dumb decision. Safe to say now ill be going to a different mall.

LoveItOrLeaveIt2
LoveItOrLeaveIt2
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

You should go to a different country.

desertCard
desertCard
7 years ago

Another insightful and relevant discussion I see.

LoveItOrLeaveIt2
LoveItOrLeaveIt2
7 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

You should go to a different country too.

Chillaxxx
Chillaxxx
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Its interesting to see how the removal of a trolley can incite such strong emotions

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

It wasn’t realistic anyway. Needed a big statue of a maid pushing it 😉

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

LOL

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
7 years ago

Should have kept it for the new Teddy Bear display at Hamad Airport…………………….

sicti
sicti
7 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

Yes, a giant teddy bear in a giant shopping cart! Perfect! :))

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

Very sad to see it go. I feel like I don’t recognize Doha anymore.

Gareth Walters
Gareth Walters
7 years ago

What no one has mentioned is the origional purpose of the shopping trolly. The idea was to create a world record for the largest shopping trolly. This was however a failed attempt as it was ruled that because the wheels dont move, it isnt a reall shopping trolly…

DonTom
DonTom
7 years ago

Blast! That was my favourite place to meet someone when they couldn’t/ wouldn’t understand the directions to my place. “OK, you know the big shopping trolley? Just park undeneath it, I’ll come and get you.”

BBCA
BBCA
7 years ago
Reply to  DonTom

LOL Me too!

BBCA
BBCA
7 years ago

What? This shopping cart was the only reason I came to Doha!

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