Express Avenue building
|Location||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Address||Whites road, Royapettah, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Opening date||26 March 2010|
|No. of stores and services||210|
|Total retail floor area||900,000 square feet (84,000 m2)|
|Parking||3-level basement parking|
|No. of floors||3|
Express Avenue (Tamil:எக்குசுபிரசு அவென்யூ) is a shopping mall in Chennai promoted by Express Infrastructure, a subsidiary of The Indian Express Group. It is home to the largest gaming arcade in South India. Built at a cost of 7,500 million, the 1.75-million-sq-ft mall has 10 anchor tenants and 150 vanilla tenants.
The mall is built on 10-acre site inside the historic Indian Express Estate and has four floors of retail space, a building for corporate offices and a hotel. Out of 10 acres, about 3.57 acres has been taken up by buildings. The rest have been used for car parking, drive-ways and landscaping. In all, the mall has 26 lifts, 34 escalators and 4 travelators.
Express Avenue hosts a mixture of shopping, business, and leisure. The mall is bound by Whites Road, Woods Road, and Patullos Road and has a three-level basement parking space for over 1,500 cars and a parking area for bikes. It was inaugurated on 26 May 2010.
The mall has a total development of 1,500,000 sq ft including 900,000 sq ft of retail space, 100,000 sq ft of hotel, 200,000 sq ft of office space, 400,000 sq ft of parking space.
E Hotel, a 44-room 4-star boutique hotel, is being developed in the mall at a cost of 300 million.
Entertainment and leisure
The entertainment portion of the mall is 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2). The Escape Cinemas, the second branch of Sathyam Cinemas, consists of an eight-screen multiplex with a capacity of 1,600 seats covering 50,000 sq ft, which is the city's largest cineplex. California-based Giovanni Castor played a key role in the overall design of Escape. The mall is home to the largest gaming arcade in South India.
Besides stand-alone stores, the mall has an 80,000-sq-ft Lifestyle and a 65,000-sq-ft Pantaloon Big Bazaar. The anchor tenants are expected to take 300,000 to 400,000 sq ft, while the vanilla tenants would occupy up to 400,000 sq ft. The 50,000-sq-ft food court has 25 counters and includes food chains such as KFC and Pizza Hut. The mall has six atriums with a height not less than 75 ft each. The atrium areas are covered with tenfile fabric and the centre of the atrium is covered with glass.
The 50,000-sq ft food court, also called EA Garden, has 25 counters with several food and beverage options including Oriental, North Indian, South Indian, and Italian to give a delectable experience for Indian and International culinary.
Fun City, a prominent attraction of the mall is a play area for children.
The business chamber is the first such marketing space to be built inside a mall in India. The area of this zone is over 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) of office space at prices intended to compete with special economic zones and IT parks elsewhere in the city.
The mall has been designed with plenty of drive-in space and ample car parking area. The 3-level basement parking is equipped to handle about 2,000 vehicles.
Problems and Issues
There have been may instances of customers being treated disrespectfully by some of the mall authorities and some shop owners. On 1 July 2013, a person, named Shanmugam, jumped off from the third floor of the mall in an attempt of suicide. The mall authorities prevented the surrounding people from helping the wounded person for first-aid. They wanted to avoid crowding in the mall rather than rushing the person to hospital when he was badly in need of medical aid. After 10 minutes, public broke through the cordon created by the authorities and took that person to hospital. The person died in the hospital. There was a long verbal duel between the concerned public and the mall authorities regarding their negligence.
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