“Lulu Shopping Mall”- India’s largest shopping mall is inaugurated on 10th March, 2013 by Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala in the presence of many cabinet ministers and senior politicians. Lulu shopping mall is run, managed and set up by the EMKE group of UAE. M. A. Yousuf Ali is a non-resident Indian businessman hailed from Kerala and he is a managing director of UAE-based EMKE Group. India’s biggest mall is situated at the intersection of NH-47, 17 and the Cochin by-pass. It will become the landmark for the southern Indian state of Kerala and for its people. Lulu shopping mall is nearby to the Cochin International Airport and railway station. India’s largest mall is spread in 3,400,000 sq ft (17 acres) from which "Lulu mall" area consist of 2,500,000 sq ft and remaining area is allocated for five star hotel which will be managed by JW Marriott Hotels. The total cost of this whole project is more than 1500 crore rupees ($300 million). Lulu shopping mall is designed by “WS Atkins” one UK-based consultant.
Lulu shopping mall consist of Lulu Hypermarket, Lulu Celebrate, Lulu Connect, Westside, PVR Cinemas and more than 360 outlets including food courts, restaurants, family entertainment zones. Over 278,000 sq ft area Lulu Hypermarket is placed where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen and canned foods and many more food items. On the First floor, Lulu Department Store is spread in 145,000 sq ft area, where you can get all kind of non-food items. The Food Court area has capacity of 4,500 people and 18 food counters. Moreover, the first McDonald's restaurant of Kerala will open in the Lulu mall. Food court also has the excellent dining restaurants spread in 48,000 sq ft sited at the second floor of mall.
On the fifth floor of mall, nine PVR cinemas are placed which acquires the 580,000 sq ft area with capacity of 2,250 seats and it will be open by early April. The entertainment zone offers 5-D cinema hall, bowling alleys, water rides and gaming arcade spread over 22,000 sq/ft area. One of the highlighting features of Lulu mall will be five-star hotel which will run by JW Marriot. It will provide 420 rooms with intercontinental multi-food restaurants, swimming pool, coffee shops and it will have Helipad. Some other facilities provided by Lulu shopping mall are ATMs, money exchange services, baby sitter room, pharmacies, 16 pairs of escalators, elevators, check-out counters, Spacious corridors, Facilities for the disabled, prayer room, Wi-Fi, cab service, ambulance etc.
It is assumed that monthly power bill of mall will come around Rs 1.65 crore and Rs 8 crore will be the tax earning of local municipality by Lulu shopping mall. It is expected that Lulu shopping mall will provide 8,000 direct jobs and 20,000 indirect jobs said by one of the Lulu group representative.
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