Common store types in shopping malls include department stores, clothing and accessories, technology, gifts and specialty shops. Most malls have food courts with quick service restaurants. Some malls have outlying stores and restaurants separate but near the main mall building.
Large department stores are often referred to as anchor stores because they draw many people to the mall. They are often at the ends of malls and have much larger square footage than other mall stores. Examples of department stores often found in malls include Macy's, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Dillard's and Saks Fifth Avenue, as of 2015.
Clothing stores take up many spots in local malls. Popular mall clothing stores include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, New York & Company, Lane Bryant and Charlotte Russe. Chidren's clothing stores include GapKids, Gymboree and Justice. Accessory stores that sell jewelry, shoes and other accessories are also popular.
The mall is a popular place for technology items. Many cell phone companies have stores or kiosks at the mall. Other examples of mall technology stores include Apple, Brookstone and GameStop.
Specialty stores might include items such as beauty supplies, gourmet foods, health items, toys and pet supplies. Examples include Teavana, GNC and Build-A-Bear Workshop. The specialty store category might also include local shops and businesses only available in that particular area.