Why Departmental stores are called "MALLs"
In the British Isles and Australia, shopping malls are more usually referred to as shopping centres, shopping precincts or, sometimes, shopping arcades. In North America, the term shopping mall is usually applied to enclosed retail structures, while shopping centre refers to open-air retail complexes.
Strip malls are a recent development (from the 1920s), corresponding to the rise of suburban living in the United States after World War II. As such, the strip mall development has been the subject of the same criticisms leveled against suburbanisation and suburban sprawl in general. In the United Kingdom these are called retail parks or out-of-town shopping centres.
An outlet mall (or outlet centre) is a type of shopping mall in which manufacturers sell their products dir ...more
Modern car-friendly strip malls developed since the 1920s and shopping malls corresponding to the rise of suburban living in the United States after World War II.