what is the difference between shopping mall and shopping center? In China,people always fell confused about the two places.
Feb 20, 2012 2:46 AM
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A shopping mall is usually a large building with many small shops inside. It typically will have two or three floors with several large stores on the ends (Macy's, JC Penny's, Sears, Nordstrom, etc.). A shopping center could be a shopping mall, but it is really just a shopping "destination." This could be an open air shopping area where people can walk outside from store to store; it could be a large store such as Walmart, or it could be a fashion street where many famous stores and restaurants are located. Does this help?
February 20, 2012
"shopping center" is not commonly used (if ever) when speaking. I wouldn't worry about this term. it just means something like 購物中心, and has no other special meaning. "shopping mall" is a certain thing, and we use this term more often -- however we usually just call it a "mall", and it refers to a big building with many stores, including department stores (like Macy's).
February 20, 2012
Well, this topic is acctually deriving from urban traditions of XIX and mid XX centuries, however now retail managers tend to confuse names depending on better conotations in comsumer's consciousnesses on local markets. Shopping gallery/galleria/gallerie is an interior inside shopping distict among other shops on high streets, but under roof. They are XIX century developments, which have turned attractive again, when cities started fight for consumer streams agains with retail industry and their shopping centers since late XX century (mainly in urban revitalisation in Europe). Shopping mall/center is a detached building with shops inside in living or industrial areas in urban context but outside shopping area of the city (semi-competition to center of the city itsself) or located green field outside urban context. Mall is an Anglosaxon name for it, Center is continental European name, The latter are mid XX century development originally for suburban residents as substitute for urban space. Later they were found intruding urban areas, competing with shopping areas of the cities, not only weakening the real estate market in city centers, but the liveability of the city and generating car traffic. Thus many cities started blocking new shopping malls/centers investments and reintruded investments in galleries to make shopping streets more attractive.
April 24, 2020
No different, both full of shops :) but in my place now days people using "shopping mall" instead of "shopping center"
February 21, 2012
In Chinese,they all mean 购物中心
February 21, 2012
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