A tale of two malls

  • Parents and children wait in the block-long queue to enter the Sambil mall in Caracas for a scholastic fair. Since the mall was expropriated by the Venezuelan government, the fair is one of the few times the interior of the mall has been used . JESUS OLARTE / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • CARACAS -- The facade of the Sambil mall is covered in graffiti and campaign slogans. The Venezuelan government expropriated it in late 2008. 2013 Photo Jesús Olarte / For the Miami Herald

  • A government subsidized food market convenes in a Sambil mall foyer on Fridays in Caracas. Since the Caracas mall was expropriated by the government, the interior has been little used. JESUS OLARTE / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Sambil's seldom-used escalators face huge crowds as ta scholastaic fair opens in Caracas. The fair was one of the few time the expropriated mall has been used. The parking garage, however, was used as a makeshift shelter for flood victims. JESUS OLARTE / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Soliders and security guards are deployed to manage the thick crowds at the Sambil mall during the scholastic fair in Caracas. JESUS OLARTE / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The luxury of the would-be shopping center is now used for government sponsored markets in Caracas. The Sambil mall was expropriated by the Venezuelan government. JESUS OLARTE / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Shoppers watch a diver clean a fish tank at the Sambil shopping center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The mall, which opened earlier this year, was the first shopping center built outside of Venezuela by the Sambil company. EZRA FIESER / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The interior of the $200 million mall developed by Sambil in Santo Domingo. EZRA FIESER / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Children play at the $200 million mall developed by Sambil in the Santo Domingo. It also includes an acquarium and stands in stark contrast to the Sambil mall expropriated by the Venezuelan government in Caracas. EZRA FIESER / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

  • CARACAS -- The deceased leader maintains a significant public presence. This mural is inside the Sambil mall, which was expropriated by the Venezuelan government Jesús Olarte