Malls here are the “hangout” of a great number of people. I am not saying they go there for shopping, window shopping and such, I am saying that they go there to hang out. They go to the mall, sit on the benches and relax. They have a snack there and spend the whole day. It’s a social place to be.
You may be wondering, why would people hang out in malls? There are two things that malls have that people here want:
- Air Conditioning
That’s right! The biggest reason for a lot of people to spend the day at the mall is that it is air conditioned! You know, it can be quite hot here. Air conditioning eats up a lot of electricity too. So, what better way to keep cool for cheap than to hang out most of the day at the mall?
The other thing I mentioned is food. Back in the States, where I came from, Malls are places where there are stores where you buy stuff. There are a few restaurants, but they are not the big thing at the mall. Here, in many malls, most of the places there are restaurants! Amazing, huh? I would say that in most malls here, if you look at the floor space, about 50% of the total area is taken by restaurants! Numbers wise, there are more stores, but the shops tend to be small, while the restaurants are big and take a lot of space. On top of the restaurants, there are tons of little kiosks in the middle of the walkways selling food items.
Think about it… why are there so many food places? Because people come to hang out in the Air Conditioning. What is one thing that we all have to do, to one extent or another? Eat!
See you at the mall! Lunch?