The first mall of Budapest was opened in the mid 1990-s in Northern Pest. Since then, at least one of these monstrosities were opened per year, and the city’s commerce hasn’t taken the changes very well. Smaller merchants, whose shops were located withing a few kilometres’ radius of the new palaces of consumption, have predictably went bankrupt or have seen their shoppers change their ways.
Nevertheless, Budapesters did manage to get used to, and even like malls, due to their central location and the convenience of everything in the same place. Everyone has their „personal” favourite mall, and they are popular meeting places.