Why do we call it a shopping mall?

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Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby moonshadow » Wed May 08, 2019 3:41 pm

Because you dont shop at one....

You shop at...

TheMall! :lol:

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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Stevie D » Wed May 08, 2019 6:02 pm

Shopping malls are awful, corporate places which I avoid as far as possible. I much prefer to get my groceries, clothes and other items at ordinary 'proper' shops or market stalls.

We do have a shopping mall in Sheffield - Meadowhall - built on a huge site formerly occupied by steel works and factories closed in the 1980s as a result of Thatcher's obnoxious policies. Needless to say, it gets known as 'MeadowHELL'.
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Fred in Skirts » Wed May 08, 2019 8:31 pm

We have a mall but it is closing down. Most all of the businesses have moved to new locations or have gone out of business. They say they are going to tear it down and build a "Shopping Plaza" there which will be open air and separate shops.
I hated shopping there as did most of the people in the area. Who knows what the Plaza will bring.
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby dillon » Thu May 09, 2019 4:51 am

The mall is becoming a relic of the eighties, aside from those who feature almost exclusively high-end retailers. Then shopping becomes a status symbol, not about common sense economics, but about wretched excess, about immediate gratification without regard to cost.

I don’t shop at malls, being one of the online consumers who have precipitated the demise of the institution. But I can’t help considering the parody of Menotti’s one act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” In this case “A Mall and the Night Visitors.” Instead of guiding the three kings to the Christ child, they are led off for last-minute shopping on Christmas Eve, only to be greeted by a security guard who informs, after a grand oratory about the visitors’ mission “Mall’s closed, kid. Come back on the 26th.”
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Kirbstone » Thu May 09, 2019 6:47 am

The 'Mall' concept works well here with our generally wretched weather. Putting a roof over a group of shops is far cheaper than erecting a geodesic dome over the entire country, which would be the alternative!

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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Jim » Thu May 09, 2019 11:38 am

I like the National Mall much better. It's open and green.
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This is the mall I am used to. I was very disappointed when the other kind came out and they turned out to be just big buildings.
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby denimini » Thu May 09, 2019 12:28 pm

I have always called them shopping complexes, although the term equally applies to the psychology of the people in them.
When I visit a city, the stores that interest me are never in Malls.
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Ralph » Thu May 09, 2019 2:48 pm

Jim wrote:I like the National Mall much better. It's open and green.


Yeah, but it doesn't have a GNC, JC Penneys, or GameStop. How can you call that a mall? :D
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Kirbstone » Thu May 09, 2019 7:56 pm

Jim,
Splendid aerial view of Washington DC's Mall. We have nothing remotely like it here, of course. I spent some time in London however, where they have their historic Mall running Westwards from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace, past Horesguards Parade and St James's Park &c. and which is frequently used as a Royal processional route.

It is totally devoid of any sort of retail outlet, of course and very green

I submit two aerial views, one of which gives a great look at London showing most of the important landmarks therein and their relationship to each other.
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Rs London Mall looking Westwards.jpg


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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby Jim » Fri May 10, 2019 2:09 pm

Ralph wrote:
Jim wrote:I like the National Mall much better. It's open and green.


Yeah, but it doesn't have a GNC, JC Penneys, or GameStop. How can you call that a mall? :D

It's a REAL mall, not one of those new-fangled pretenders!
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Re: Why do we call it a shopping mall?

Postby FranTastic444 » Sun May 12, 2019 2:31 pm

The nearest shopping mall of any size near my place back in the UK is Merry Hill - often known by the name of Merry Hell :-)
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