January 13, 2010

One of the biggest and oldest malls of South Asia - Spencer Plaza, Chennai, India

Spencer Plaza is one of the most famous landmarks of Chennai city, the gateway to South India. Spencer Plaza is located at the heart of the city in Anna Salai (Mount Road) area of the city. This is one of the biggest malls of South India.

When India was ruled by the British, the first departmental store in India was started by Charles Durant and J. W. Spencer in 1864 CE in Chennai city. Within few years, the store was shifted to the current site, where Spencer Plaza is located. It remained as a departemental store/shopping mall and one of the big hangouts for Chennai people for several years. You should note that this site remained as a shopping mall even before the modern day’s word “mall” became popular in India or when there was no mall anywhere else in India. In 1985 CE, the building was completely destroyed in fire and a new shopping mall was constructed in the same site. Over the years, the mall got extended and it has three phases now – Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3.

The Spencer Plaza mall has a lot of shops and eateries including international brands and local shops. Some of the popular shops with popular brands are Swatch, Cookie Man, Nike, Color Plus, Van Heusen, Pantaloons, First Flight, West Side, Arrow, Navigator, Music World, Bata, Adidas, Timex, Land Mark, Vummudi Bangaru Chetty, Food World, etc.

Happy shopping and happy travelling.

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