strip mall


Definition of strip mall 

: a long usually one-story building or group of buildings housing several adjacent retail stores or service establishments

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On a recent jaunt to his favorite coffee spot, in an Anchorage strip mall, Shein ran into his old high school debate coach, David Block. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Russian immigrant seeks Democratic nod for Alaska House seat," 6 Aug. 2018 Mall vacancies in the U.S. recently hit a six-year high, with strip malls and neighborhood centers particularly hard-hit. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Gap Sues Westfield Over Mall Expenses as Tensions Rise in Retail World," 17 July 2018 For decades, Delaware Avenue was treated like a dumping ground for strip malls and gas stations, and their existence has eroded the waterfront’s urban character and walkability. Inga Saffron,, "Let's not welcome a Wawa on Philadelphia's Delaware waterfront | Inga Saffron," 4 July 2018 Further west on Dimond Boulevard is a bustling commercial area with a Fred Meyer grocery store, strip malls and gas stations. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Condos on top of shops: A proposed Dimond Boulevard project signals a new kind of Anchorage growth," 24 June 2018 Large, national retailers left downtown for shopping malls and strip malls. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Panera Bread will open, then Hilton Garden Inn. Entryway to Downtown Boise takes shape," 6 June 2018 The setting is a quintessentially American landscape, from the strip malls and suburban tracts of Southern California to the Mexican towns from which Urrea’s ancestors came. Kate Tuttle,, "A tale of a dying man’s birthday, unapologetic in its Mexican-ness," 1 June 2018 Challenging the state Los Alamitos is a city of 11,000 people, just an off-ramp amid the landscape of highways, power stanchions, strip malls and Denny’s restaurants just south of the Los Angeles County line. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "‘A rogue state’," 13 May 2018 Tired of strip malls and traffic, Robert Dietrich, 70, wanted something different for his retirement. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "Northport, N.Y.: Old-Time Charm in a Waterfront Village," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of strip mall

1977, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of strip mall

: a long building that is divided into separate shops which usually have outside entrances and which share a parking lot

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