Bally’s Las Vegas Unrecognizable As Site Is Prepped for Grand Bazaar Shops

Bally’s Las Vegas is clearing way for its Grand Bazaar Shops, and the transformation so far is nothing short of a shock to the system.

Bally's Las Vegas

What just happened?

To fully grasp the scope of the destruction-in-progress, we shot a panorama of the Bally’s construction site.

As a basis of comparison, this is what the entrance to Bally’s Las Vegas looked like before the tear-down began.

Bally's Las Vegas

A tad more bling.

While this two acres of prime real estate wasn’t particularly profitable for the casino, the park-like atmosphere, with trees, foliage and water features, was a nice break from the din of casinos. Which almost no one took advantage of, sadly.

The entrance to Bally’s was a throwback to a different time, a distinctive part of the Las Vegas Strip. Now, not so much.

Bally's Las Vegas

Yeah, we got weepy when we saw these letters. We’re sensitive like that.

Just a few traces of the Bally’s people-mover remain.

Bally's Las Vegas

Now, we’ll have to rely on bipedal power.

We’re sort of glad we got this photo before the moving walkway went to moving walkway heaven. Which is an actual place.

Bally's Las Vegas

This, we’ll miss.

Reviews have been mixed for renderings of the Grand Bazaar Shops, and by “reviewed,” we mean “universally not good.”

We’ve got our fingers crossed Bally’s will make some last minute changes to the design of the Grand Bazaar Shops, thus rendering them less likely to make us poke our eyes out with a glass shard.

Grand Bazaar Shops

Slogan: “Grand Bazaar Shops. It’s like a rainbow fell into a blender.”

The Grand Bazaar Shops will include dozens of shops, the goal is to have 150.

The Grand Bazaar Shops join a slew of other new shopping projects coming to the Las Vegas Strip, including at Treasure Island, Tropicana, New York-New York and Monte Carlo, among others.

Bally's hotel

You’re probably coming down, too, bucko.

The Grand Bazaar Shops are said to be inspired by other open-air markets around the world, like Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Jerusalem’s Old Market, London’s Portobello Road, Seattle’s Pike Place Market and Morocco’s Marrakesh Souk, at least one of those we’ve personally been to. People were throwing fish.

Bally's casino

One last look.

The Grand Bazaar Shops are expected to open sometime in 2014. In the meantime, we’re going to take a moment to say goodbye to a little slice of retro Las Vegas we definitely didn’t appreciate enough before its transformation into scrap metal and rubble.

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  • PrettyDark

    one of my favorite things about the blog is your photography. I love the moving sidewalk capture.

    • vitalvegas

      Hey, thanks so much for saying that. We do our best!

  • May this wave be the last of the “Put a mall on it!” philosophy that’s invaded Las Vegas in recent years. I have malls at home. I don’t have pirate ships, or neon-tunneled moving sidewalks. Le sigh.

  • Matt S.

    It’s a shame the walkway couldn’t be preserved, while still adding retail space to either side. Your picture of the illuminated walkway at night shows just why it was one of my favorite Vegas things. Major bummer.

    • vitalvegas

      We’ll see how it goes with the Grand Bazaar. Might have its own flair!

  • jasonmchicago

    I agree with the other poster. It would have been neat if they kept the moving sidewalk and added the mall around it. Not sure more malls are needed in Vegas but the economy will take care of any over-building.

  • martin

    Hope they make room for some small businesses. Not more overpriced chain stores that suck the life out of your Vegas experience.

    • vitalvegas

      This one’s going to be a cluster, plain and simple.

  • DavidK1982

    What about the huge porte cochere?