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June 20th, 2005

Instant Strip Mall!

Based on my astute observations, here are the items required for a modern strip mall.

  • Subno’s (or, Quizway) – Subway or Quizno’s. One of these two for sure, but Subway seems to be a lot more common.
  • Curves for Women. The ridiculously-quickly expanding chain of fitness centers is almost always near a Subway.
  • A bank of some sort. In the Chicago area, it’s Bank One – which’ll all soon be Chase anyway. But the strip mall is a prime opportunity for one-off banks to get out there, too.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin Robbins / Togo’s. The donuts/ice cream combination is the most common ’round here, but adding in a Togo’s (mediocre) sandwich shop in the same storefront makes it one stop shopping for passable mass-produced food. Note that a Togo’s will almost never be in the same strip mall as a Subno’s.
  • Nail salon. Common: a one-off nail salon, locally owned with some bad 80s graphics on its windows.
  • Haircut shop. Usually Great Clips, it seems, but Hair Cuttery is common. Fantastic Sam’s is out there as well.

Throw in some bland, functional architecture and a lot of parking… and you’ve got a strip mall! Nice and easy. In fact, I’m making one on the stove right now.

Posted in Miscellaneous

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 8:01:18 am
Don't you need one of thos check cashing placs too? All the strip malls around here have one.

FROM: Aanen
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 10:27:00 am
Don't forget that good ol' pawn shop!

FROM: Rafael
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 10:47:32 am
Radio Shack, music store, greeting card place and some kind of cell phone stand.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 12:58:14 pm
Choose One of the Following:

Cheap shoe store--either Payless or one off, Fashion Bug, or Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Also, you can't forget about the one-off closet sized pizza joint or Chinese take-out.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 20, 2005 -- 5:46:40 pm
Did you forget Starbucks or is it so obvious no one needs to mention its name?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 8:36:40 am
I might have mentioned that if the strip mall were being set up in New England, there'd also have to be a full Dunkin' Donuts store and also a mini Dunkin' Donuts counter in every one of the other retail stores.

FROM: mw
DATE: Tuesday June 21, 2005 -- 10:09:55 am
the "new car model" in the center of the mall... usually a Toyota or Ford

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday June 22, 2005 -- 10:56:16 pm
I don't think Paul forgpt anything. There are a few new strip malls in the area with those exact layouts. However, as Robert said Starbucks is usually present, but that's a given.

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday June 23, 2005 -- 2:10:07 pm
Would you believe that there's no free-standing Starbucks in my county? They are in Barnes and Noble but that's it. They are slated to go into a nicer strip center next year, but Giant is fighting against their having a drive-thru.

When I was job-hunting, I considered working for them because they are allegedly a decent company, and I ended up calling their HQ to find out what the hold-up was in getting their location open here. They had to refer me to the real estate developer!

Good thing I found another job. They do however have my resume on file.

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