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Types of Shopping Centers

Types of Shopping Centers


Knowing the types of shopping centers and what types of stores to expect at each center will help in planning the best shopping stop for your group. The International Association of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has defined eight principal shopping center types as shown in the tables below. The tables and corresponding definitions can be used as a guideline in understanding the basic types of shopping centers. Some centers may not precisely fit into a classification.

Type
Concept
Sq. Ft. (w/Anchors)
# of Anchors
Description
Neighborhood Center Convenience
30,000 - 150,000
1 or more
Supermarket
Community Center General Merchandise; Convenience
100,000 - 350,000
2 or more
Discount department store; supermarket; drug; home improvement; large specialty-discount; apparel
Regional Center General Merchandise; Fashion (mall, typically enclosed)
400,000 - 800,000
2 or more
Full-line department store; junior department store; mass merchant; discount department store; fashion apparel
Super Regional Center Similar to Regional Center but has more variety and assortment
800,000+
3 or more
Full-line department store; junior department store; mass merchant; fashion apparel
Neighborhood Center: This center is designed to provide convenience shopping for the day-to-day needs of consumers in the immediate neighborhood. A neighborhood center is typically a straight-line strip with no enclosed walkway or mall area. Regional Center: This center sells a full variety of general merchandise, mostly apparel. Its main attractions are its anchors; they are typically enclosed malls.
Community Center: A community center offers a wider variety of apparel and other goods than a neighborhood center. Configuration is a straight line, L- or U-shaped. Superregional Center: This center is similar to the regional center, but it is larger with more anchors and carries a deeper selection of merchandise. Superregional centers draw from a larger population base. Typical configuration is enclosed with multilevels.

Type
Concept
Sq. Ft. (w/Anchors)
# of Anchors
Description
Fasion/Specialty Center Higher end, fashion oriented
80,000 - 250,000
N/A
Fashion
Power Center Category-dominant anchors; few small tenants
250,000 - 600,000
3 or more
Category killer; home improvement; discount department store; warehouse club; off-price
Theme/Festival Center Leisure; tourist-oriented; retail and service
80,000 - 250,000
N/A
Restaurants; entertainment
Outlet Center Manufacturer’s outlet Stores
50,000 - 400,000
N/A
Manufacturers’ outlet stores
Fashion/Specialty Center: This center is composed of upscale apparel shops, boutiques and craft shops carrying unique, high-quality fashion and other merchandise. They may not be anchored, but restaurants or entertainment provide the draw of anchors. A sophisticated design emphasizes the rich decor and landscaping. Theme/Festival Center: The centers appeal to tourists; restaurants and entertainment facilities may anchor. Anticipate seeing them in urban areas, maybe adapted from historic buildings and part of mixed-use projects.
Power Center: Several large anchors, including discount department stores, off-price stores, warehouse clubs or "category killers" (stores that offer huge selection in particular merchandise categories at low prices) dominate. The center consists of several freestanding anchors and only a few, small specialty tenants. Outlet center: Outlet centers usually consist of manufacturers’ outlet stores selling their own brands at a discount. They are found in rural or tourist locations. Typical outlet center designs include enclosed malls, a "village" cluster or a strip configuration.


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