Talk:Strip mall

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Retail park[edit]

In the Shopping mall article discussion, it was suggested that the Retail park article be merged with this one. Comments? --Adavidb 17:57, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Well, you know what they say. If it smells like a peasant, dresses like a peasant, and is on fire like a peasant... SchuminWeb (Talk) 00:33, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
I think a Retail Park needs a page of it's own... it's an extremely British thing, the retail park, and maerging it into such an American article probably wouldn't work. To properly explain each, the article would have to yo-yo between English terms and American, and become quite a mess, I think.—Preceding unsigned comment added by NeilSenna (talkcontribs) 01:12, April 22 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. They are different beasts.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.41.126.62 (talkcontribs) 07:32, May 21 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. A Retail Park is similar to, but not the same as, the Power Centres mentioned in the Strip Mall article. If Retail park must be merged, it would be more natural to merge into the Power centre article. A Retail park bears little resemblance to the common smaller strip mall, and so combining them is just likely to cause confusion. --12.178.107.237 03:50, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

There are retail parks in the U.S., too, in fact, that's where they were invented, but they are different from strip malls, so to merge them would be ridiculous. -Tattylicious 04:23, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Oh my God, merge already. Why do people want a bunch of individual scrappy articles for virtually identical topics? Nobody but an article-sitting pedant would decry the inclusion of 'retail park' as a subsection on the Strip Mall article. Over-categorisation of topics already undermines wikipedia quite enough.
If the Retail Park article was longer, and deserved to be called an article (which it barely does, honestly) there might be a case for setting it apart, but as it stands I think we ought to put petty patriotism aside and merge.
And while we're at it, I'd like to suggest that whoever suggested merging to the Power Centre article is halfway right. In fact, I'd bundle that together with the Strip Mall article as well, and convert what are currently unecessary article-level divisions into basic sectional divisions; this makes information-retreival far easier and allows an easier comparison between very similar retail concepts. Nobody needs three articles where one with three sections would do a much better job. Gunstar hero 13:31, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Banks and coffee houses in grocery stores[edit]

The article already indicates that recent malls have pharmacies inside the stores, so this is no less relevant than that statement, which the editor did not delete. --Zeamays (talk) 19:25, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

I'm not saying it's not notable - I'm just saying that this is not necessarily the place for it. Adding the information to grocery store or supermarket makes far more sense than adding it here, which is about the plazas themselves, and not about individual units in the plazas. The passage you refer to makes sense, since it refers to formerly separate tenants, now one tenant. The problem with the passage I've removed is that it doesn't make a connection to the makeup of strip malls, thus unless such a connection is made to strip malls, this is a trend better described in the other articles I mentioned. SchuminWeb (Talk) 19:49, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

strip mall vs "normal" mall[edit]

I would like this article to explicitly explain the differences between a strip mall and a normal shopping mall in an immediately accessible way.

Before I add that, is there more to it than direct accessibility from the outside (walkways/parking lots)?

CapnZapp (talk) 10:31, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

According to dictionary.com, a strip mall is "a retail complex consisting of stores or restaurants in adjacent spaces in one long building, typically having a narrow parking area directly in front of the stores." Per the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, a shopping mall is "a shopping center with stores and businesses facing a system of enclosed walkways for pedestrians." —Adavidb 12:01, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
So I'm imagining two different types of things. One, a long building runing parallel to the street, in front of it a narrow parking area, and in front of that the normal street. The other, one, two or three of these long buildings, perpendicular (or some perpendicular, some parallel) to the street, enclosing a parking area, like a little open-sided square, with one side formed by the street.
1. Which of these is a strip mall? Or are they both? 2. If the first type is a strip mall, how do you distinguish it from just normal shops fronting onto a street? Is the presence of parking the distinguishing feature? --62.189.73.197 (talk) 14:59, 23 August 2013 (UTC)

History?[edit]

What was the first srtip mall? Kortoso (talk) 23:10, 30 September 2013 (UTC)