Sebagai tempat perbelanjaan, namun sudah berkembang menjadi tempat berkumpulnya dari berbagai kalangan, baik dari pejabat bahkan sampai low level sekalipun. The mall is gigantic and a complete world into itself that it makes no connection with the surrounding neighbourhood, except on the logistics and circulation levels which are planned to draw people in. Some of the daily activities in the neighbourhood are moved indoor to the mall which is not a genuine public space.
The original anchor line up at MALL OF AMERICA remained intact for a little over 19 years. The massive Atrio food court features 30 dining destinations, while the mall also boasts 17 sit down restaurants, including Texas de Brazil Churrascaria, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and The Cheesecake Factory.
The developers in Hong Kong started to experiment with the possibilities in gaining maximum profits by developing shopping malls together with offices and hotels or with private housing estates. As one could imagine, the advent of such a monstrous mall may have had calamitous consequences for other much smaller shopping centres in Edmonton’s environs.
Tema yang unik ini tidak dapat membuat mall ini begitu terkenal dikalangan umum, tapi mereka berhasil mendatangkan banyak pengunjung yang tertarik dengan apapun yang berbau Jepang mulai dari anime hingga fashion-hashion cute (kawaii). As a result of the American Target chain’s acquisition of Zellers stores in January 2011, the WEST EDMONTON MALL Zellers was shuttered in the summer of 2012.
The location of escalators, the grouping of shops, the framing of views, the lighting and many other details are well planned with the intention to keep the visitors staying inside the malls as long as possible and to direct them to walk pass as many shops as possible, and thus increase the chance of earning money from them.