After a long wait Gurgaon got its first mall-cum-multiplex on MG Road. Movie buffs in old Gurgaon, who had to endure pain of going to a multiplex in new Gurgaon for catching the latest blockbuster, now have a reason to cheer. Almost a decade after Gurgaon got its first mall, the old city got its multi-level shopping complex, Gurgaon Dreamz. It is a shopping mall near the sector 4 -7 and houses a multiplex. The complex is built on a plot that belonged to Jai Cinema, an entertainment hub for over three decades before the multiplexes took over single screen theaters.
Shopping malls in Gurgaon are driven by the retail sector in India. The sector which was dominated by small and unorganized entrepreneurs consisting of standalone stores, boutiques and kirana stores, is radically changing its face. There has been a massive development of new retail formats such as malls, hypermarkets, supermarkets and lifestyle stores.
Today there are over 50 shopping malls in Gurgaon. Notable amongst them are Ambience Mall (near the Gurgaon-Delhi toll plaza), Sahara Mall, Metropolitan Mall, City Center Mall, The Metropolis and the Plaza Mall (all on the Mehrauli Gurgaon road, also known as the “Mall Road of Gurgaon”), Celebrations Mall (near Sohna Road). There is a mall in Sushant Lok 1 that is focused exclusively on jewellery and is aptly called “Gold Souk”. Star Mall (on NH-8 near 32nd milestone) and Omaxe Mall (Sohna road) are also pulling crowds. These are just a few that I can name without referring the internet.
Most of the shopping malls in Gurgaon are multifarious with much more to offer than just shopping. Out here, you can entertain yourself by watching movies in multiplexes, by playing games at gaming arcades, or by treating yourself to some sumptuous food at various restaurants and food courts. For shopping options you can indulge in anchor stores of various national and international brands or even specialty stores for clothes, accessories, footwear, home needs, books. All you need to do is think about your wants and Gurgaon malls have them all for locals and expats alike.
But here’s the story of these buzzing malls. You will find same brands shops in every mall. And many malls are not even properly maintained like the one in sector 4-7, Gurgaon Dreamz. The mall doesn’t even have a proper parking space. Gurgaon Dreamz mall is address to – Spencers, 1-dollar store, Samsung Cafe, Woodland Creations, Inox 3 Screen Multiplex with Amphitheater and food court. Yet even the experience of parking cars can be a nightmare here. It is only Inox the multiplex that drives the business here. Isnt it same story in every Indian mall today?
Foreseeing a tremendous potential in consumerism, more of Gurgaon shopping malls developers are on the war footing to cater to smallest of the needs of shoppers. Whether it is a prerequisite of high-end brands or the pressing need of theme specific products, Gurgaon shopping malls are becoming a perfect destination for people with all budgets. If this development remains steadily on track for the next few years, the entire retail activity will go through a change in coming years..
Gurgaon with its shopping malls is already being seen as a major shopping district in the NCR region. But one thing that is concerning is that Gurgaon is short of recreational places, even though the city has got developed very fast the residents find a visit to a mall as easiest way to entertain themselves and their families. Till when can the window shopping or food courts keep them amused?