The only Asian shopping mall in Europe will open in Newham
Europe's only indoor Asian shopping mall will arrive in Newham next season in a move hailed as a "major boost" by the area's MP.
The collection of 35 stores, six food outlets and a 17-unit souk - a small marketplace for retailers and local businesses - will open its doors in the newly created East Shopping Centre, in Green Street, in October.
The project has been spearheaded by ACR Investments in conjunction with four partners to build on the patch's strong cultural heritage.
Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, said: "Green Street is already Britain's leading Asian shopping street, attracting fashion shoppers from all over Britain and from overseas.
"I welcome this imaginative development at its heart."
A spokesperson for ACR Investments said: "We couldn't be more excited to be making history with East Shopping Centre being the first development of its kind in Europe.
"Our aim is to enhance the street's appeal and expand by attracting new consumers and businesses."
Sights, sounds and flavours from across the globe will be given a home under a glass roof spanning the length of the centre.
A number of Asian designer fashion, luxury jewellery and accessory brands have already snapped up space.
Late night opening hours and an indoor enclosure will allow shoppers to visit after work and throughout the winter.
East Shopping Centre's arrival will also create up to 200 jobs within the community.
MP Timms added: "It is a huge site - formerly a bus garage - which has been unused for the best part of 20 years.
"A number of earlier proposals for the site have foundered. This scheme will be a major boost for Green Street, and for jobs for residents. I wish it great success."
Go to eastshoppingcentre.com.