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A shopping mall (or mall) is a large indoor retail complex in North America that department stores generally anchor. The term “mall” was originally used to refer to a pedestrian promenade with shops along with it (that is, the term was used to refer to the walkway itself, which such shops merely bordered). Still, it began to be used as a generic term for the large enclosed shopping centers that were becoming commonplace at the time in the late 1960s. Such complexes are known as shopping centers in the United Kingdom (Commonwealth English: shopping center); however, the term “shopping center” encompasses a far broader range of sizes and types than “mall” in North America. Other nations (India, the United Arab Emirates, and so on) may use the US system, while others (Australia, for example) use the UK system.

Many malls have seen significant declines (particularly in the United States and Canada), and some have closed and become “dead malls.” Successful exceptions have added entertainment and experience aspects, added big-box retailers as anchors, or converted to other specialty shopping center formats, including power centers, lifestyle centers, factory outlet centers, and festival marketplaces.


Malls are divided into two categories by the International Council of Shopping Centers: regional malls and superregional malls.

According to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a regional mall in the United States is a shopping mall with a gross leasable area of 400,000 sq ft (37,000 m2) to 800,000 sq ft (74,000 m2) with at least two anchor stores.

High land prices in densely populated areas have given rise to the notion of the “vertical mall,” in which retail space is divided into many floors connected by elevators and escalators (typically both) that connect the various levels mall. The difficulty for this sort of mall is to encourage consumers to travel above and downwards by overcoming their natural propensity to move horizontally. The Mafco Company, a former shopping center development division of Marshall Field & Co., first proposed a vertical mall in the late 1960s. Urban Retail Properties completed the Water Tower Place skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, in 1975. It rests on a block-long base with an eight-level atrium-style retail center that fronts the Magnificent Mile and features a hotel, luxury condominiums, and office space.

A food court is a frequent element in shopping malls, and it usually consists of several fast-food vendors of various sorts arranged around a communal seating area.

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