One of Rio’s Main Shopping Malls, Cobal do Humaitá Risks Closing

Storekeepers at Cobal do Humaitá, in the South Zone of Rio, report eviction orders from public authorities.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of Rio de Janeiro's main shopping malls, Cobal do Humaitá, located in the neighborhood with the same name in the South Zone of Rio, is at serious risk of closing. According to entrepreneur Vera Podiacki, 70 years old, who has been running a coffee shop for 25 years, court officials have not yet visited the Cobal because of the pandemic.

"The feeling is that the ground has opened up, and I can see the bottom, because it has been a lifetime of dedication. We have not yet been visited by the court official because . . .

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