Albrook Mall

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Albrook Mall
Albrook Mall exterior.JPG
Location Panama City, Panama
Opening date 2002[1]
No. of stores and services 700
Total retail floor area 380,000 square metres (4,100,000 sq ft)
Website www.albrookmall.com

Albrook Mall is a large shopping mall and leisure complex located in Panama City, Panama. As of August 2015 it was the fourteenth largest mall in the world and the largest in the Americas.[2]

The mall was opened in 2002 on the site of Albrook Air Force Base, which had been a United States Air Force base in the former Panama Canal Zone.[3] It is located beside the city's main bus station and the Marcos A. Gelabert domestic airport.[4]

In March 2013, the mall contained 700 businesses, which received between 30,000 and 50,000 visitors per day.[5] As of March 2016, approximately 25% of the visitors are foreigners.[6] The mall provides employment for around 10,000 people.[5] Businesses included cinemas, restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacies, travel agents, hairdressers, fitness centres, and children's play areas.[3]

On 13 March 2013, a fire broke out. While no one was injured, damage was caused to 60 shops, resulting in losses of approximately $ 15 million.[5] The damage was exacerbated by the lack of fire sprinklers, which had not been installed when the mall was opened.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albrook Mall cierra sus puertas por seguridad, La Opinión, 15 March 2013
  2. ^ "15 Biggest Malls in the World". Insider Monkey. 26 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b El paraíso perdido del canal de Panamá, El País, 31 August 2014
  4. ^ Woods, Sarah (2009). Panama. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 105. ISBN 1841622605. 
  5. ^ a b c d Albrook Mall no tiene rociadores, La Prensa, 15 March 2013, accessed 9 May 2016
  6. ^ Mayor competencia de ‘malls', un desafío a la rentabilidad, La Estrella de Panamá, 20 March 2016

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