What is happening to the West Edmonton Mall?

On 06/12/2011, in Blog, Features, by Michael Oon

The West Edmonton Mall (WEM) opened its doors in September 1981 and has expanded three more times to become the largest mall in the world until 2004. It is now the 5th largest mall with the largest 2 in China and the following ones in Philippines and Dubai respectively. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Edmonton_Mall The WEM is a destination […]

West Edmonton Mall Interiors

West Edmonton Mall Interiors - showing the Santa Maria

The West Edmonton Mall (WEM) opened its doors in September 1981 and has expanded three more times to become the largest mall in the world until 2004. It is now the 5th largest mall with the largest 2 in China and the following ones in Philippines and Dubai respectively. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Edmonton_Mall

The WEM is a destination shopping centre with amusement parks, Waterpark, Sea Lion Rock, Movie theatres, a Recreation Centre, ice rink in addition to the shopping facilities. What has happened to this Shopping Mall? I visited this mall.

At first glance, the activity of the mall was uneven and at times unusual. The activity was concentrated around phases 2 and 3. Phase 1 and 4 were particularly quiet. Secondly, it was the second or upper floor that was busier than the ground floor. The interior looks dated and tired; not in keeping with the times.

The leading brand names are not in this Mall. The second tier or lower brands are present. This is a reflection of the significance of this Mall of the major brands. It is not a major mall.

There are a number of themed areas – Bourbon Street (for food), Europa Boulevard (shops) and Chinatown. Europa Boulevard has European styled Buildings for shops but in the centre alley, there is a tacky Putt and Play golf course which is totally incongruous. Bourbon Street and Chinatown are both busy. Europa is not busy.

West Edmonton Mall - Entrance 50

West Edmonton Mall - Entrance 50 - The source of Energy for the Mall.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sources of energy: On the ground floor, the only source of energy is Door 50. This supplies the energy to the parts of the building in phase 2 and 3. The other doors are blocked by the multi-storey car parks.

On the Second floor, there are more sources of energy but only in the phase 2 and 3. This is most prominent in the Chinatown area.

West Edmonton Mall - Chinatown Entrance

West Edmonton Mall - Chinatown Entrance


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The owners of the mall have been given permission to extend the mall by building over entrance 50. This will restrict the flow of energy to the Mall.

In my opinion, once this extension is built, this will be the start of the slow death of the Mall.

(c) Copyright – Dr Michael Oon. All Rights Reserved Worldwide 2011.

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