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Europe's biggest shopping mall to open Thursday in Italy

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A shopping mall which will be the largest in Europe is set to open on Thursday in Bergamo, northern Italy.

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The Oriocenter mall, located by the Orio al Serio International Airport on the outskirts of the Lombard city, will measure 105,000 square metres in total after the official opening of a new wing.

The 35,000 square metre extension opening on Thursday will make the centre the largest shopping area in Europe.

Shoppers will be able to browse 280 stores and take a break in one of the 50 restaurants on site. They'll also have the chance to stock up on groceries in a massive hypermarket, or visit the multiplex cinema - home to 14 screens, including the largest in the continent.

Some brands will be launching in Italy for the first time in the new wing, including Japanese chain restaurant Wagamama.

The ground floor will house a variety of high street fashion, sports and home furnishings stores, while the upper level will be filled with luxury brands, including 'Made in Italy' designers as well as international names.

And locals will benefit from an anticipated 600 new job opportunities at the site.

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