TOPIC 6: MALLS AND SHOPPING CENTRES
Vocabulary and Brainstorming:
Since few years back, we are seeing that malls and Shopping Centres are being more and more successful ways of purchasing in our lifestyle. They are huge buildings which are built on the outskirts or commercial areas of our cities. There, you can buy absolutely everything. A great variety of stores are there, in the same place, shops like: supermarkets, clothing stores, shoe shops… (and so on)… There, you can find a wide range of products, but specially you can pick up bargains because there are usually a lot of sales.
All products are well laid out, their window displays are very attractive, sometimes there are a pleasant music, a wide range of products, prices are clearly marked….Everything is thought to customers spend their money, and come back for their following shopping.
Some years ago, people used to buy in the little shops. People have everything at the doors of their houses. But now, many of Corner shops have closed. Local shops could not compete with these malls. And now, people do their shopping in this big shopping centres where they buy for the week, for a longer period.
Besides, you can have a lot of facilities to make you have your shopping easier. They become a leisure centre. You can find cinemas, restaurants…. you can spend and enjoy all the day there, having a lunch, watching a movie, taking a coffee…. It is very common to see entire families spending the day there. It is considered as an outing. It is very important to have a free parking lot there. Besides, normally, these places also have a special place where you can leave your children attended by childminders while you do all your shopping, have sport facilities like ski slopes… (and so on)….
Malls are becoming in a successful way of spending your spare time. But, on the other hand, we are creating consumer societies. The most important advantage is that these malls create employments. But, in Today’s consumer society, malls and shopping centres are appearing as a fashionable way of shopping, and something, like unique to spend your free time, and these way of thinking can be dangerous.