In a particularly embarrassing instance of Chinese over-investment, this replica of the Pentagon remains the largest unoccupied building in Shanghai. However, with the opening of Shanghai Disneyland later this year, officials are hoping that a little fairytale magic will finally bring the Pentagonal Mart to life.
Located in the southeastern Nanhui district, the Pentagonal Mart spans out a massive 70 acres (compared to a measly 34 acres for the Department of Defense headquarters), most of which has been devoid of life since construction mostly wrapped up in 2009. Apparently its confusing interiors are to blame.
“The place was originally targeted at becoming a small-commodities market, but failed to attract retailers,” one government official revealed. “Later, the local government tried to set up outlet centers of imported products, but failed to be appealing to customers.”
However, hope remains alive in the form of the Shanghai Disney Resort, located just 8km away from the Pentagonal Mart and set to finally open in June. “We hope the opening of the Shanghai Disney Resort this year will help garner some business,” said the official.
When you wish upon a star…
Take a drone tour of the copycat Pentagon accompanied by some appropriately epic music below:
By Pinky Latt
[Images via Xinhua // Video via Tencent]