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The American Shopping Mall

In July 1972 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Runcorn Shopping Center, the first “American-style” shopping center built in the United Kingdom.  Today known as Halton Lea, it is what 1970s consumers in the United States called a “mall”  — a fully enclosed, weather-controlled wonder of commerce.  But the truly first American-style shopping center appeared … Continue reading