Shopping Mall

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A shopping center, shopping mall, or shopping plaza is the modern adaptation of the historical marketplace. The mall is a collection of inde­pendent retail stores, services, and a parking area, which is conceived, constructed, and maintained by a separate management firm as a unit. They may also contain restaurants, banks, theatres, professional offices, service stations, etc.

Shopping centers have existed in some form for more than 1,000 years as ancient market squares, bazaars and seaport commercial districts. The modern shopping center, which includes everything from small suburban strip centers to the million-square-foot super-regional malls, had its gen­esis in the 1920s.

The first shopping mall was the Country Club Plaza, founded by the J.C. Nichols Company and opened near Kansas City, Mo., in 1922. The first enclosed mall called South-dale opened in Edina, Minnesota (near Minneapolis) in 1956.

In 1990, there were 183 outlet centers. Today, there are over approximately 312 outlet centers in the United States. Outlet malls are tenanted by manufacturers selling their own goods at discounted prices.



  • Tenanted: Used to describe a building or a land that a person, organization pays rent to use.
  • Bazaars: An area of small shops and people selling things.
  • Marketplace: A set of trading conditions or the business environment.
  • Maintained: The work needed to keep a road, building, machine, etc. in Good condition.


  • How much time do you spend shopping in a mall?

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. Aileen Martínez from Coapa Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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