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Analysis: Why optimism is high in Cambodia’s shopping centre landscape

After bumping, grinding and winding through the chaotic traffic in western Phnom Penh, you reach your destination and the taxi puts you out in an unexpectedly tranquil plaza in front of a pink and grey building whose look strikes you at first like a giant hunk of candy. This is Chip Mong Sen Sok, which officially opened at the end of March and is an excellent example of how Cambodian mall development has not just caught up with, but jumped ahead of, many of its peers elsewhere in Asia. The mall,