In the first episode of Flying Witch you can see Makoto and Chinatsu visiting a shopping mall. Boasting the highest sales at a mall in the US, South Coast Plaza is an Orange County hot spot for browsing, schmoozing and swiping the credit card. The first mall of Hong Kong was built in Tsim Sha Tsui, a tourist spot in the urban centre, as we discussed in the last chapter.
Distinguished by its unique design, the mall boasts an impressive assortment of high-end retailers and dining choices, including a variety of upscale restaurants. Yet, a lot of small shops including those who fulfilled the basic needs of the neighbourhoods and provided essential services to the nearby residents were driven away by high rents and big chain shops.
The trends of the above development of the department stores and shopping malls continued without much deviation until the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis hit Hong Kong. The two original multiplex theatres in the mall, Cinema 6 and the West Mall 8, closed in 2004 and 2008, respectively.
Beijing Golden Resources Shopping Mall also includes six scheme centers: culture center, entertainment center, children center, sports center, f&b center, and exhibition center. As with WEST EDMONTON MALL, FASHION MALL OF AMERICA would feature attractions such as a submarine ride, waterpark, salt water aquarium, sixty-five screen multiplex cinema, 5-star hotel and nearly one hundred and twenty-five restaurants.
The spaces around the public housing with shopping centres are becoming less and less like neighbourhoods which served and belonged to the local residents in the past. A second listing, this time with the world’s largest shopping malls categorized. New towns were important places for shopping malls to take shape versus the suburbs in the United States.