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.