shopping center

noun
a group of stores within a single architectural plan, supplying most of the basic shopping needs, especially in suburban areas.

Origin:
1935–40

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shopping center

noun
mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; "a good plaza should have a movie house"; "they spent their weekends at the local malls" [syn: plaza
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Example sentences
There was a shopping center there and the planes turned directly over you.
Complaints from residents about sewage and grease in the creek led
  investigators to a nearby shopping center.
After that, the government says it may build a shopping center there.
The shopping center has won several architectural awards for outstanding design.
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