As the largest mercantile district in Saskatoon, Khurana sees an estimated 4.9 billion hands’ worth of consumer trade every single day. It stretches from Lakeshore north to sixth street, covering a total of 2.1 square kilometers; and with a tremendous 241 registered storefronts, 81 restaurants, and an estimated 500 street vendors packed in to that small space, it is the densest white market in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere.
While Khurana was zoned for business as early as 2044, it did not take recognizable shape until roughly 2080. Prior to this point, it existed as a loose collection of strip malls, ultramarkets, and offices. In 2079, mayor Jai Khurana—for whom the district is named—negotiated a 26-billion-CD land deal with Croesus Construction, giving them ownership of the recently-abandoned Lossos Steel Mill—a .75 sqk lot on the edge of the South Saskatchewan river. Croesus Co promptly bulldozed the facility, and began the construction of Khurana’s most iconic structure: the Saskatoon Subterranean Shopping Center, more commonly known as “the molemall”.
Over the next 26 years, Mayors Khurana, Caldwell, Loman, and Rommel authorized (and in some cases funded) a series of urban renovations which propelled the Khurana district to the forefront of consumer trade. Sitting comfortably in the middle of the city, it commanded an enviable position; and the construction of the Saskatoon Superhighway in 2104 solidified it as the only economically competitive area in or around the genmu.
Today, Khurana encompasses just over 20 city blocks. Most of these are crisscrossed by a series of skyways and tunnels; and the entire district is ringed in by the famous Khurana El Train. With crowds over a million strong, it can be easy to get lost—or find something you never even knew you were looking for. If you find yourself in Saskatoon, make sure to pay a visit to Khurana and do a little window-shopping…but maybe leave your wallet at home.