The Biggest Shopping Malls In The World

By Khushboo Sheth on January 11 2019 in World Facts

The SM City North EDSA, in Quezon City, Philippines, is one of the largest malls in the world. Editorial credit: r.nagy /
The SM City North EDSA, in Quezon City, Philippines, is one of the largest malls in the world. Editorial credit: r.nagy /

The retail centers known as shopping malls are now becoming a hub of activity centers for shopper who desire to go to new dimensions in their buying experiences, rather than just sticking to traditional ordinary shopping stores. The communities and their people are offered a wide range of goods right from the branded outlets to the food courts and entertainment places as well. These shopping malls have become a great place for the retailers to get an opportunity to display their goods as it serves as the central gathering space for the customers. The other important role of these shopping malls in people’s lives is that one can shop for an array of goods under one roof, and the products are saved from the weather conditions or any other mishaps that often arise in open air markets.

Exploring the Biggest Shopping Malls in the World

While some of the biggest shopping malls are located all around the world, quite a number of them are in Asia. These include the New South China Mall in Dongguan, China, situated upon a 7,100,000 square-foot area, the SM Tianjin in Tianjin, China, which sits of 5,812,511 square feet, the Golden Resources Mall in Beijing which has an area of 6,000,010 square feet, the SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, Philippines with 5,360,000 square feet of retail area, and the SM Megamall Mandaluyong in Philippines with an area of 5,100,000 square feet.

Great Malls Of China

According to its gross leasable area, the New South China Mall in Dongguan, China is the largest mall in the world. It was opened in the year 2005, but had remained vacant for 10 years and thus been dubbed as a "Dead Mall" until its renovation in the year 2015. A billionaire of the noodle industry, Hu Guirong, headed the project of the mall but now the control of the mall is in the hands of the Founders Group, which is a division of the Peking University. The Golden Resources Mall is another one of the world's biggest malls, and is located in Beijing, China. It gained a spot as one of the world’s largest malls during the years 2004 through 2005. The mall has more than 1,000 stores, and the owners estimated about 50,000 shoppers in a day.

Large Malls in the Philippines and Iran

The SM City North EDSA located in Quezon City in the Philippines is the fourth largest shopping mall in the world, and the largest solar-powered mall in the world. The mall became functional in the year 1985 and is owned by SM Prime Holdings. Many reformations have been done until the date, and its last annex was built in the year 2008. The Isfahan City Center is a major commercial complex and one of the largest shopping malls that contains a museum. It was developed by Prestige Land Iran Co., and designed by Medardo Cadiz from the Cadiz International Incorporation.

Emerging Trends in Shopping Malls

More and more companies are concentrating upon building newer multi-story shopping malls as consumers now demand everything under one roof. For this, the trends that have been introduced in the shopping malls are that of vertical malls where large numbers of people can explore different outlets with the help of escalators or elevators. With the rising trend of online shopping, many malls have opened theme-based parks, fishing lakes, and even adventure arcades to attract and retain diverse groups of customers to their shopping malls.

The Biggest Shopping Malls In The World

RankNameLocationGross Leasable Area (in square feet)
1New South China MallDongguan, China7,100,000
2SM TianjinTianjin, China5,812,511
3Golden Resources MallBeijing, China6,000,010
4ICONSIAMBangkok, Thailand5,650,000
5SM City North EDSAQuezon City, Philippines5,360,000
6SM MegamallMandaluyong, Philippines5,100,000
7SM Seaside City CebuCebu City, Philippines5,064,300
8Isfahan City CentreIsfahan, Iran5,010,000
91 UtamaDamansara, Malaysia4,900,000
10Persian Gulf ComplexShiraz, Iran4,800,000

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