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.
No logic in his comment
welcome to the world’s most amazing & boring city.
Will miss the trolley. What will be next to disappear from the Doha streetscene? The crossed swords on Grand Hamad?
boring? yes. i don’t know about amazing. amazingly boring?
He’s not wrong. There’s so much fancy stuff every where but man, it’s a small country.
It would be good if the authorities put up the Oryx and other landmarks at their respective junctions.
Or keep all these old landmarks in one place for us to relive our memories, kind of like China’s World Park
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.
You should go to a different country.
Another insightful and relevant discussion I see.
You should go to a different country too.
Its interesting to see how the removal of a trolley can incite such strong emotions
It wasn’t realistic anyway. Needed a big statue of a maid pushing it 😉
Should have kept it for the new Teddy Bear display at Hamad Airport…………………….
Yes, a giant teddy bear in a giant shopping cart! Perfect! :))
Very sad to see it go. I feel like I don’t recognize Doha anymore.
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…
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.”
LOL Me too!
What? This shopping cart was the only reason I came to Doha!