The term "mall" originally meant a pedestrian promenade with shops along it , but in the late 1960s, it began to be used as a generic term for the large enclosed shopping centers that were becoming commonplace at the time.
In the U.K., such complexes are considered shopping centers , though "shopping center" covers many more sizes and types of centers than the North American "mall".
Other countries may follow U.S.
usage and others follow U.K.
Malls are currently in severe decline or have closed.
Successful exceptions have added entertainment and experiential features, added big-box stores as anchors, or converted to other specialized shopping center formats: power centers, lifestyle centers, factory outlet centers, and festival marketplaces.Read more