Definition: Shopping centre
A shopping centre or mall is a complex made up of retail shops and various service enterprises which is usually designed, planned, constructed and managed as a single unit. In most cases such complexes have their own car park. The whole complex, including the type of trading and size of outlets, is designed to cater either for the population within a given radius or the specific customer base for which, with an eye to the existing commercial environment, it was established.
Eurostat, "Retailing in the European Single Market", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1993