Forum (Kolkata)

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Forum Mall also known as Forum Courtyard is a shopping mall located in Bhowanipore, South Kolkata, India. It was initially conceived as an office tower. 80% of the foundation was complete before it was converted into a mall. [1] Currently it has a built-up area of 200,000 square feet, of which 125,000 square feet is the gross leasable (retail) area.[2] It was opened to the public with the sole intention of launching Shoppers' Stop in Kolkata for the first time, in 2003.[3] Its opening was credited with turning its neighbourhood from a quiet residential area into an upmarket shopping destination.[4] It has been noted for its excellent layout and signage.[5] The mall is constructed and owned by Rahul Saraf, Chairman of SAPL. The Mall also has a branch in Bhubaneswar named Forum Mart and has a new addition in Belur area of Howrah as Forum Rangoli Mall.

The tenants are diverse ranging from retail outlets to entertainment multiplex theatres to dining.[5] The mall offers paging services and a dedicated telephone exchange.[2] As of July 2003, the mall had parking space for 175 cars and planned to increase it to 700 cars in 18 months.[2]

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It has six floors, four of which are dedicated to shopping, with many brands having outlets here, some of which are: Shoppers Stop, The Label Life, Adidas, Hush Puppies, Crocs, Metro, Reebok, Crocs, Speedo, The Body Shop, Colour Bar, Forest Essentials, MAC, Vero Moda, Global Desi, Kazo. The 5th floor is a dedicated Food Court, offering fine dining outlets to traditional Bengali cuisines like Oh! Calcutta, Cafe Mezzuna, Spaghetti Kitchen and TGIF.[6] The sixth floor is a 4-hall movie complex operated by INOX. It has a small outlet of Wow! Momo.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bigger, better mall sequel - Grand designs for Bypass shopper stop". The Telegraph. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "how kolkotans shop". IMAGES. IV (6). July 2003. Archived from the original on 15 April 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Forum Mall Kolkata".
  4. ^ Niyogi, Subhro (5 February 2006). "Hooghly Highs". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
  5. ^ a b Mitra, Moinak (5 September 2006). "The best malls in India". Rediff News. Retrieved 12 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Forum Mall Kolkata".