The old center of Benghazi suffered severe damage during Libya's civil war. Most people living there were more concerned with getting fuel and moving to safer areas than they were with buying brand-name clothing.
But new stores and eateries are opening along one street in the city center: Venice Street. And they have many people excited about shopping.
Imported goods to the country were limited between 2014 and 2017. Fighting between the Libyan National Army and its mostly Islamist opponents forced Benghazi's port to close.
Elsewhere around the city, some buildings still have bullet holes dating back to World War II. During that time, Benghazi changed control between British and German troops.
Former leader Muammar Gaddafi ignored eastern Libya during his 42 years in power as punishment for political opposition there. Venice Street was mostly undeveloped until Gaddafi's overthrow in 2011.
Today, newly opened clothing stores along Venice Street carry famous international brands.
People in Benghazi do have money in their banks. But a shortage of bank notes means they do not necessarily have physical money. However, some shops along Venice Street accept checks as payment for an additional cost.
Ahmed al-Orfy runs one of the new fashion stores there. He told the Reuters news service he has high hopes for Venice Street. He said, We have security and the ambition to be on the same level as the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
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There were more than 100, 000 people everyday came and went in the Champs-Elysees Avenue.
但一些新开张的商店和餐厅在市中心的一条街上出现，这条街是威尼斯街道 。它们的出现让很多人对购物一事十分兴奋 。
2014-2017年间，进口到该国的货物十分有限 。利比亚武装力量与基本上由伊斯兰反对派组成的势力之间发生了冲突，冲突迫使班加西港口关闭 。
班加西附近的一些建筑物依然千疮百孔，这些创伤源自二战期间 。那时候，班加西改变了英军和德军的控制局势 。
前领导人卡扎菲执政42年间无视了利比亚东部，这是他对该地球政敌的惩罚 。威尼斯街道一直破败不堪，直到卡扎菲2011年被推翻 。
班加西人民银行里还是有些钱的 。但由于纸币短缺，所以他们可能没有纸币可以支付 。不过，威尼斯街道上的一些商店接受支票来支付额外费用的方式 。
艾哈迈德在那里经营者一家新时装商店 。他在接受路透社采访时表示自己对威尼斯街道寄予厚望 。他表示，我们有信心这里的安保情况可以与巴黎的香榭丽舍大道媲美 。
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