R Mall at Mulund – a review
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.