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R Mall at Mulund – a review

March 10, 2007
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This mall was the first big mall to come up in Mulund, here a while before the huge Nirmal Lifestyles mall came up in the area. It has its own charm, although many people prefer Nirmal. R Mall is popular with Thanekars as it is located next to the Thane-Mulund Toll Naka. And there are brands here which you won’t find at Nirmal – Westwide for example, the Lifestyle store and the music shop Planet M. Another advantage – it hosts Big Bazaar, the packed-to-the-seams supermarket which is famous for its offers and inexpensive shopping. There is ample (free) parking, all of six floors, and the interiors are nice and snazzy. The other brands you will find here are Raymonds, Cotton Cottage (it has its other store at Dadar), Pantaloons, Remanika, Weekender, Ruff and Tuff, Sleep-ins and several other smaller clothes brands. and. A decent multiplex as well. I like the two eating joints here..Pop Tates for western food and Urban Tadka for Indian. There also have a Subway, Cream Centre, Cafe Coffee Day, Pizza Hut and a small cafe called Pooja. You can buy popcorn, have Baskin Robbins ice-cream, eat chaat and other goodies. On the ground floor there is a seating arrangement (steps) where youngsters often hang out and chat.

A store called Why Pay More has some good offers and I usually check this out. Discounts of more than 50 percent are common. While this is primarily a shoe store, you can get branded T-shirts here at good rates.

This mall is usually bustling with activity on most days and crowded on week-ends. Actually, the concept of malls with their escalators and the array of brands has not become passe as yet. It is still something of a sight-seeing experience for some. Not as much as it was when Mumbai’s first such mall Crossroads at Haji Ali (the mall is apparently shutting down due to lack of business) opened 7-8 years ago. Crossroads attracted such huge crowds when it first opened that the management had to restrict entry. However I never did like the layout of the place. Too congested for my liking. And when I visited last year I got the creeps seeing some of the louts hanging around there. Other malls like the Phoenix Mills which came up in Parel probably hurt Crossroads. Phoenix is a good place as long as one doesn’t go into its dark gullies. Now there are umpteen malls all over the city ofcourse and plenty to choose from, but for those who live in the suburbs near-about Mulund, its Nirmal and R-Mall which rule the roost.

Related Reading: Review of Nirmal Lifestyle Mulund
High security in Mumbai malls
Review of The Grill Thane
Review of Fine Dine Mulund
Review of Chinese Palace Tardeo
Review of Mainland China Pune

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Meeta permalink
    October 23, 2007 8:43 pm

    one of the best mall i have ever been in mumbai

  2. March 28, 2008 8:10 pm

    They say the mall is on forest land. What do you think?

    Well, I am quite sure it is on forest land. But no one can do anything about it now! – Nita.

  3. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    March 28, 2008 9:36 pm

    Nita,

    Reading through this post, what really made my day (week/month/year) was the following:

    “…Mumbai’s first such mall Crossroads at Haji Ali (the mall is apparently shutting down due to lack of business)…”

    How I wish it had been Ahmedabad, not Mumbai, which scored this “first” — with not just one but a whole dozen malls. There’s still hope for civilisation, it would seem. It is always a delight to hear of anything collapsing of its own inherent contradictions than having to be bombed out of existence. It also shows the conceptualisers of such harebrained ideas for what they actually are, rather than being made into either heroes or martyrs.

  4. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    March 28, 2008 9:47 pm

    Nita,

    //Well, I am quite sure it is on forest land. But no one can do anything about it now!//

    Why ever not? This is the standard argument advanced to support all “development” projects that are meant to benefit the privileged few at the cost of the unprivileged many.

    Throw all those responsible for the fraud (both the authorities and the entrepreneurs) into jail without even trial for at least ten years. Then, when the case comes up, make sure that no redeeming arguments are advanced. Finally, sentence them to punishments that involve lo-o-o-ng years of excruciating pain and suffering, with NO relief until the very end (which must be in prison only).

    Vivek, I do agree that this should happen. But this is an ideal situation. When I said no one can do anything about it now, I meant no one will. Just stating the reality of our country, not a good reality. That’s because politicians are involved. – Nita.

  5. March 28, 2008 10:09 pm

    Vivek,

    I think that mall (Crossroads) is an exception.Malls are propping up everywhere,even in smaller towns.I am not against these malls as such,but I hate visiting some of them because they are very,very crowded.And on weekends,there is no space to even breathe in some of them !

  6. sangeeta permalink
    March 28, 2008 10:51 pm

    Agree with you Raj, I too find most of these malls suffocating !!.I am really not into mall shopping,very much still prefer the old fashioned way,strolling down M.G road,Laxmi Rd(Pune),Linking Rd(Mumbai) etc,its more fun.Besides these malls have all “cookie cutter”stuff:)

  7. Vivek Khadpekar permalink
    March 29, 2008 6:29 am

    Nita:

    It’s not only politicians, it’s also predatory “developers” and an arriviste middle class with stars in their eyes about India Shining (of which they misguidedly imagine they are part).

    Raj:

    I am not talking about the mere physical inconveniences of malls. I am thinking of their much broader ramifications — social, economic, environmental and political. Malls (and multiplexes) harbour all the evils of developmental megaprojects without any of their redeeming factors, real or imagined.

    Vivek, while I agree that criminal developers and the greedy of all classes are guilty…the people who need to control these are the lawmakers and law and the police. I mean, that’s why we have elected them, right? The buck has to stop somewhere. But this is only to stop illegal activities, not the legal ones. :) – Nita.

  8. Nilesh permalink
    June 22, 2008 5:25 am

    Hey Guys/ Girls,
    Don’t know if you would like this or not. Malls and retail format what we see now are nothing. It’s just the beginning for institutional retail in India, malls will get bigger and we will have different retail formats to offer then we do now. Two three years down the line you may not even use the same brands you do now. And our (sometimes) really friendly mom and pop shops will go out of business. Its has happened all over the world and India wont be any different.

    I am not saying all of this is good, but there are lots of good to it. Just keep watching and you won’t be surprised.

    TC, Nilesh

  9. Sushil Mandat permalink
    December 20, 2008 8:05 pm

    I have been living abroad for the past 15 years and have seen a number of malls .But when I happened to see the same here in Mumbai now my joy knew no bounds as we have been able to match the same standards as those of advanced countries albeit in small way .

    Of course Kerala & West Beangal can tell you 100 reasons why malls should not be built .They probabaly will never tell you why unemployment is the highest in their states .

  10. feroz permalink
    April 11, 2009 2:04 pm

    r mall is awesome ,gud place 4 entertainnment..

    • sheba permalink
      October 29, 2010 12:32 pm

      wht kind of entertainment ……….in R mall
      plz tell my
      …………………………………………R mall is bakvas

  11. sheba permalink
    October 29, 2010 12:30 pm

    r mall is worst …………………….any other mall . it does not have any thing …..all bakvas quality

  12. Ajith permalink
    November 27, 2010 11:30 pm

    Hi Nita,

    Think that this is my second comment on a review by you, the earlier one being the one on the Nirmal Life Style review by you ( goes to show the interest I have and importance I place on your reviews :) .

    Had the opportunity to go to R Mall today and two things really suck:

    1. The have started levying Rs. 20 as parking charges and the same is no longer free. Do not know about Mumbai, but cant help compare with Hyderabad, where the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has banned parking charges levied by shopping malls, since this a a basic convenience which they have to provide to patrons. Misuse of parking spaces by people who do not intend to shop in the malls is prevented by displaying a receipt as proof of purchase made in the mall to the car park attendants while one goes to take the car. To charge someone to park their cars while shopping in ” your” shop sounds ridiculous and as of now, I have not encountered this problem in other malls in Mumbai.

    2. Secondly, R Mall conducts the routine security inspection just like all the other malls in Mumbai ad Hyderabad. No problems there. But the problem is that they have chosen a share incline to do that ( on the way to the parking space). So you have a line of cars parked on this steep inclined, all on hand brakes waiting for security inspections. And after the inspections, when the hand brakes are released the cars roll back for about 1-2 feets before the gears engage. Today I had my car almost bashed in by the car ahead. I pointed this out to the Chief Security and Maintenance Officer Mr. Rajeev and the guy acted as if he cared two hoots. Accidents due to infrastructural deficiencies are the liabilities of the mall management and being a lawyer myself am waiting for a mishap to happen to bloody sue the management at R Mall !! Their levying a charge makes it all the more easier to sue them since this means they are providing a paid service which is faulty or inadequate. I wrote this comment in their complaint book ( Complaint No. 3 dated 27/11/ 2010) but am quite sure that the same would go unread. So if any of you guys out there face a problem make sure to claim a damage from them.

    Then as with all other malls R Mall to have hordes of illiterate morons manning chores like security, lift operation, cleaning, assistance, etc. Ask them anything and all you get are idiotic stares. Not to mention the digging of the nose and the scratching of the groins in public which seems to be the favorite past time of the great smelly Indian masses. Sorry to sound so prudish, but I think it is the duty of the management who use these poor guys services to train them properly on how to conduct themselves in public. But all these so called white caller management guys do is to chuck a uniform and cap into the guys’ hands and put them on the job without any briefing whatsover. Emergency exits are all blocked by stacked with merchandise and are inadequately marked or accessible. Our shopping malls are disasters waiting to happen and I would not be surprised if one day I hear that hundreds of shoppers are roasted to perfection due to a fire accident. So much to say, I saw today some welding work going on inside the Lifestyle section loaded with synthetic fabrics. One spark and we had it. Guess when we have apopulation of 1.3 billion a few ” Tandoori Indians ” wont make much of a difference. Well I dont intend to be one :) !!

    Regards,

    Ajith

    Ajith, thanks for the detailed and informative comment. Much appreciated. And I agree with you about the staffers. I was thinking exactly this. Why don’t they train them! – Nita

  13. Ajith permalink
    November 27, 2010 11:38 pm

    Errata :

    Caller- read as collared
    shared incline – read as shored ( banked incline)

    and tons of typographical mistakes which please excuse….after all communication is more meant to express and less to impress ;)…how convenient of me !!! :)

  14. October 14, 2011 12:59 pm

    anybody knws where is the sanskruti shop of clothes in r mall ?

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