A Shopping mall is a modern North American, term for shopping precinct or shopping center, in which one or more buildings form a complex of shops representing merchandisers with interconnecting walkways that enable customers to walk from unit to unit. A shopping arcade is a specific form serving the same purpose.
Man early shopping arcades like the Burlington Arcade in London, or like the Gallleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan or like the numerous arcades in Paris are still today famous and still trading.
However, many smaller arcades were have often been demolished and replaced with larger Shopping centers or malls, which often accessible by Vehicle’s. Technical innovations such as electric lighting and escalators were introduced in Shopping malls in the late 19th century.
Great Shopping Malls
In the late years of the 20th century, Entertainment venues such as Movie theaters and restaurants were added in many Shopping malls. As a single built structure, early shopping centers were often architecturally significant constructions, enabling wealthier patrons to buy goods in spaces protected from the weather.
In places around the world; the term “shopping Centre” is used, especially in Europe, but also in Australia and South America. The term “Shopping mall” is mostly used in North America in countries such as The United States of America, Canada and Mexico.
Outside of North America, “shopping precinct” and “shopping arcade” are also used. In North America, Gulf countries, and India, the term shopping mall is usually applied to enclosed retail structures and is generally abbreviated to simply a mall.
A Shopping Centre usually refers to an open-air retail complex, Both types of facilities usually have a large parking lot, often face major traffic arterials and have a few pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighbourhoods. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, “malls” are commonly referred to as shopping centres.
Mall primarily refers to either a shopping mall or an exclusively pedestrianized street which allows shoppers to walk without an interference from a vehicle traffic.