A shopping mall is an iconic North American word for a public indoor shopping complex, usually anchored by major department stores. Shopping malls can be found in every major city and some suburban areas, such as ones outside of Toronto. The term mall comes from the German “mahl” meaning mall and” Hamburg” meaning city. In Canada, there are two popular types of malls, one being a mid-sized indoor shopping complex, the other being a freestanding retail space enclosed in the grounds.
Shopping malls have different structures depending on their size and architecture. Super-regional malls have a central retail space that is spread across a number of buildings or blocks, while sub-regional malls have a single building with a set of shops on a particular floor. Freestanding retail shops are often located on top of or inside of these building and sometimes they share a floor with restaurants or other attractions. Shopping malls can vary in size depending on how many floors they have and how big they are. Large shopping centers may have more than 200 individual shops and feature elaborate landscaping to attract customers.
If you are looking for an indoor/outdoor shopping mall, you would first need to determine the exact structure of the retail centers you are targeting including the type of architecture, floor plans, and interior settings. The design of the proposed shopping precinct must perfectly accommodate its neighboring businesses, including any restaurants, hotels, and any other similar establishments. For example, if the proposed mall is going to be located next to a restaurant with a fast-food drive-through then it is very important that the restaurant’s drive-through be able to accommodate other businesses.
While this sounds rather complicated, it really isn’t because there are several specialized firms that can assist you in creating a shopping mall layout and the various aspects of it. The consultants will help you with the architectural elements, as well as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC aspects. They can also assist you in selecting the best structural designs for your retail stores.
In today’s economic climate, it is very important that consumers have access to great shopping malls. Consumers don’t like to shop at the beginning of the year when stores need to restock their supplies. They will often wait until the end of the summer before they will go out and shop. That means that shopping malls that cater to tourists are usually the most successful.
Another aspect of developing a shopping mall involves developing a marketing plan that will attract new customers. Since customers are spending less money, they will need to be reeled in. To keep the shoppers interested, you must incorporate features such as dining, entertainment, and relaxation. Additionally, make sure that you have a solid customer service program in place that will handle any issues or questions that customers may have.