Your local shopping centre could be about to get a massive upgrade, with rollercoasters and aquariums being touted as possibilities to be included.

The shopping habits of Australia have changed, with bricks and mortar business now trying to attract shoppers in with big attractions.

The inspiration behind the plan is the Mall of America in Minnesota that attracts more than 40 million visitors from across the world to its aquarium, indoor theme park, cinema complex and more than 550 shops including four major department stores.

The NSW business chamber believes there opportunities in growth areas of Sydney for lager malls.

“I don’t think we’ll ever get to the mega malls that the US has just because of space but there may be opportunities in the northwest and the western corridors of Sydney,” spokesman Damian Kelly said.

“Shopping can be a reason for tourism in itself.”

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