Most folks, when they say “let’s go to the mall,” they mean the local mall—it’s just The Mall, it doesn’t need a name.
And many folks remember The Mall from their teenage years forever. Every mall later on is viewed through the filter of that First Mall, the Ur-Mall.
For me that mall was the Christiana Mall in Delaware. MacNN reports that they’re getting an Apple store. I haven’t been there in almost 20 years, but for some reason this made me glad.
We used to walk around The Mall talking out loud about rats, hoping to spook the other shoppers. People gave us funny looks but we never managed to cause a stampede.