Developed by Aras Agalarov's Crocus International, the site is located near the Moscow Oblast Administrative HQ, just outside Moscow's MKAD ring road. Built of natural stone in a mixture between neo-classical and oriental architectural styles, the two-storey building opened in 2002.
The Crocus Group paid for the Moscow Metro railway station at Myakinino to be additionally planned and built on the extension of the Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line, located between Volokolamskaya and Strogino stations. Added as a single-platform ground-based station, it was built as a two-platform underground development, thanks to Crocus's funding input. Myakinino opened on 26 December 2009 which is the first station to be built outside Moscow.
Today it houses retailers, including:
- Clothing: Agent Provocateur, Aquascutum, Armani, Calvin Klein, JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Philipp Plein, Vivienne Westwood
- Children's wear: Steiff
- Housewares: Royal Doulton
- Accessories: Bally, Faberge, Land Rover, Wedgwood
On July 19, 2019 reports of smoke in the neighboring Crocus City Hall caused an emergency response by Russia's EMERCOM consisting of 12 fire brigades. Moreover the mall itself has been the target of a few bomb threats; one of them was made on US We the People governmental petition website by an individual with suspected neo-Nazi connections calling himself "Thomas Utoyo" or "thomas.littleevil" who in a few days prior to that and coincidentally on a date which is the 5th anniversary of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, was involved in posting similar threats on the 8chan imageboard against a library in the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin, Germany and an Aeroflot flight flying from Berlin to Moscow, together with vibes referencing that of popular YouTuber PewDiePie and 2003 Japanese horror film One Missed Call.
Since 2011, Crocus hosts annual video game exhibition Igromir, which was moved there from VDNKh exhibition center due to an increasing number of visitors. Over a hundred thousand visitors attend Igromir in Crocus each year. In 2014 Crocus Expo also hosted the first Comic-Con Russia and in 2016 it received a bomb threat via phone call which caused its evacuation. A concert hall in the neighboring Crocus City Hall received similar threat a year later.
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