Some examples of larger retailers commonly found in malls include Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Sears and Neiman Marcus. General types of businesses that are common to malls include those that sell fast food, clothing, accessories and games.
Larger retailers like Macy's and Sears are generally referred to as "anchor stores." There is no particular requirement for placement or number of anchor stores at a mall, but traditionally a common design has been to have two to four of these stores roughly at each corner of the mall with as much space between them as possible. These stores nearly always carry clothing, accessories and housewares at a minimum.
Some smaller retail locations that are commonly found in malls in the United States include GameStop, Forever 21, Eddie Bauer, Lids and Pacific Sun. A number of these smaller retailers almost exclusively do business in malls and online, with few to no physical locations outside of malls.
Malls also generally have food courts, in which fast food is the predominant option. National chains like McDonalds and Panda Express sometimes have locations in malls. As with retail stores, there are also food chains that do the bulk of their business in malls such as Cinnabon, Auntie Annie's and Hot Dog On A Stick.