The first shopping mall was built in Paris, France in 1790. A shopping mall is described as having numerous shops, clustered under a single roof.
NOTE: ForWhatItsWorth and staff can’t verify this statement, but the links below have more recent firsts for shopping malls
- The First Shopping Mall in America – ThoughtCo
The First Shopping Mall. The Country Club Plaza, opened by the J.C. Nichols Company near Kansas City, Missouri in 1922, was America’s first shopping mall. It wasn’t enclosed — that came later. The first enclosed mall was Southdale, opened in 1956 in Edina, Minnesota near Minneapolis.
- Shopping mall
A shopping mall is a modern, chiefly North American, term for a form of shopping precinct or shopping center, in which one or more buildings form a complex of shops representing merchandisers with interconnecting walkways that enable customers to walk from unit to unit.
- A Brief History of the Mall by Richard A. Feinberg and Jennifer Meoli
America has been “Malled.” The “air-conditioned, sanitized, standardized” shopping malls “have become the new Main Streets of America” (Consumer Reports, 1986).
- History of Southdale Center, the first modern American shopping mall …
When the Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota opened its doors in 1956, its design was revolutionary. Southdale was the first modern indoor mall in the US, and eventually became a national symbol of car-centric, consumerist, postwar suburbia.
- HBC Heritage — HBC and the Development of the Shopping Mall in …
Given the fact that Hudson’s Bay Company is known for its beautiful flagship stores and that Zellers was a Main Street staple in many cities and towns, how did the shift toward mall stores happen?