HAMBURG, Germany -- The shopping mall, that most American of consumer innovations, has gone global in a very, very big way. Emporis, a global database of building information based here, has come up with its list of the world's largest shopping malls, and the U.S. did not make the cut.
Ranked by "gross leasable area," the largest malls are in Asia or Southeast Asia. Topping the list was the New South China Mall (see photo at right) in Dongguan, China, with 600,153 square meters or nearly 2 million square feet of leasable area, followed by Golden Resources Mall in Beijing at 557,419 square meters. China's enormous malls are followed by the SM City North Edsa, Quezon City, the Philippines, and Utama Selangor, Malaysia.
As it turns out, the only Top Ten mall in North America is the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Canada.
So, is America losing the retail space race? Probably not. While economies in these countries have boomed in recent years for a variety of reasons, they have not developed such "mall alternatives," as warehouse stores, big stores and other retailer types found throughout the U.S.
The world's largest shopping malls (by rank, name, location and gross leasable space) are:
1. New South China Mall, Dongguan, China » 600,153 square meters
2. Golden Resources Mall Beijing, China » 557,419 square meters
3. SM City North Edsa Quezon City, Philippines » 482,878 square meters
4. 1 Utama Selangor, Malaysia » 465,000 square meters
5. CentralWorld Bangkok, Thailand » 429,500 square meters
6. Persian Gulf Complex Shiraz, Iran » 420,000 square meters
7. Mid Valley Megamall Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia » 420,000 square meters
8. Cehavir Mall Istanbul, Turkey » 420,000 square meters
9. The Dubai Mall Dubai, UAE » 350,244 square meters
10. West Edmonton Mall Edmonton, Canada » 350,000 square meters