The shop window has long been an area of plate glass innovation, from trading and tea parlours and original merchants showrooms to department stores and boutiques beginning with Mary Quant's first 'Bazaar'- opened in 1955. All wanting to capitalise on some free street level advertising both during and out of opening hours. The shopping arcade and mall - invented in the USA - in fact the first opened near Kansas City 1922 - being the natural development of a largely glass emporium, an all weather high street environment for retail. Open for business come rain or shine.
Glass atria and creative mall structures allowing the retail development to have its own character whilst retain the character of the individual shop unit branded environments. These are areas of high user footfall - requiring glass solutions combining security, low maintenance and the opportunity for economic heating and cooling. Innovations in technology for glass doors, glass ventilation systems and automation as well as the use of printed, tinted, coloured and textured glasses to create stunning mall entrances, squares and food courts demonstrates the true potential of glass in today's retail environment. Sharda retail projects include Nike Town and Whitely at Bayswater.