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    Julie Bove Guest

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    We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    strip mall and we didn't need to go in there. So we went to TJs. The place
    was packed but I just don't get it. Although I didn't look at each and
    every item, I really didn't see a thing that I couldn't get elsewhere. And
    their prices didn't seem any cheaper. Our TJs is quite small though. So it
    could be that there are others that sell more products than this one does.


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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    > strip mall ...


    What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >> interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    >> strip mall ...

    >
    > What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?


    A shopping mall generally implies that at least some of it is enclosed so
    that you can go from store to store without being exposed to the elements.
    But as malls tend to expand, they sometimes have some stores on the outside
    where you do have to go from store to store and you could get wet if it is
    raining.

    Strip malls often border shopping malls but they don't have to. It is
    simply two or more stores or other businesses such as restaurants, hair or
    nail salons, banks, etc., strung together in a row but sharing the same
    parking lot. There may or may not be some sort of overhang that prevents
    you from getting wet if you have to go from business to business.

    Some strip malls have as little as 2-3 businesses there. Others are much
    larger and might form an L shape or even have stores on 3 sides. Here's a
    link that has pics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strip_malls

    We had a different type of mall when I lived on Cape Cod but now I can't
    remember the term for it. The businesses at two of the outer edges were all
    connected, one of which being a large grocery store. The parking was
    available surrounding the mall and you might have to walk a ways to get to
    the business you wanted to visit because... In between the two sides were
    many winding pathways, assorted gardens and other things to look at. Now
    that I think about it, they may have called it a garden mall. Some of the
    stores were connected in some fashion but not necessarily a strip. Although
    my husband and I liked some of the stores there, we hated going there.
    Reason being that the stores we wanted to go to were deep into the middle of
    the place. There was simply no quick way to get there. You had to walk all
    down the winding paths and that was no fun to do if it was raining. I think
    it was intended more of a tourist attraction than anything else. They built
    it not long before we moved from there so many of the spaces had not been
    rented out yet.


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    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:14:58 -0000, "Ophelia"
    <[email protected]> wrote:
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    >
    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..
    > > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    > > strip mall ...

    >
    > What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?


    When I visualize a "strip" mall, it is not enclosed. It is a small
    shopping center where all the stores have their own entrance to the
    parking lot and there is no interior corridor that connects the
    stores.

    --
    "Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans"
    (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

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    Ophelia Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Ophelia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..
    >>> We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >>> interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    >>> strip mall ...

    >>
    >> What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

    >
    > A shopping mall generally implies that at least some of it is enclosed so
    > that you can go from store to store without being exposed to the elements.
    > But as malls tend to expand, they sometimes have some stores on the
    > outside where you do have to go from store to store and you could get wet
    > if it is raining.


    Thanks)
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    Ophelia Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:14:58 -0000, "Ophelia"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..
    >> > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >> > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    >> > strip mall ...

    >>
    >> What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

    >
    > When I visualize a "strip" mall, it is not enclosed. It is a small
    > shopping center where all the stores have their own entrance to the
    > parking lot and there is no interior corridor that connects the
    > stores.


    Thanks)
    --
    http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/shop/


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    Gary Guest

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    Julie Bove wrote:
    >
    > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > interest. Nope.


    Trader Joe's doesn't do much for me either. I haven't been impressed
    with the few things that I've bought there. IMO, it's a "cool kid"
    grocery store.

    IE - "Oh, I *never* shop at a regular grocery store (gasp!).
    I only shop at TJ's or WF.

    G.

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >>
    >> We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >> interest. Nope.

    >
    > Trader Joe's doesn't do much for me either. I haven't been impressed
    > with the few things that I've bought there. IMO, it's a "cool kid"
    > grocery store.
    >
    > IE - "Oh, I *never* shop at a regular grocery store (gasp!).
    > I only shop at TJ's or WF.


    We went to WF too but only bought a few things. I try to do the bulk of my
    grocery shopping at Winco when I can but it's not close to where I live.
    Prices are cheap though so mostly get the shelf stable stuff there.
    Albertsons is probably my next most used store only because there is one by
    daughter's dance studio. So if I just need a few things, I can usually get
    them there. Also use Costco and PCC or Central Market both of which are
    similar to WF but Central Market also sells some mainstream products like
    Coke and Pepsi.

    I used to really be into the organic thing but was saddened to see that
    despite things being grown organically, they are still picking up chemicals
    so are not necessarily as pristine as one would hope. So... Now I just go
    for the cheap with my produce.


  9. #9
    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:40:29 -0500, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Julie Bove wrote:
    > >
    > > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > > interest. Nope.

    >
    > Trader Joe's doesn't do much for me either. I haven't been impressed
    > with the few things that I've bought there. IMO, it's a "cool kid"
    > grocery store.
    >
    > IE - "Oh, I *never* shop at a regular grocery store (gasp!).
    > I only shop at TJ's or WF.
    >

    Who says that?

    --
    "Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans"
    (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

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    jmcquown Guest

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    On 1/12/2014 7:14 AM, sf wrote:
    > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:14:58 -0000, "Ophelia"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..
    >>> We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >>> interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    >>> strip mall ...

    >>
    >> What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

    >
    > When I visualize a "strip" mall, it is not enclosed. It is a small
    > shopping center where all the stores have their own entrance to the
    > parking lot and there is no interior corridor that connects the
    > stores.
    >

    That's as good a description as any.

    Jill

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    Gary Guest

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    sf wrote:
    >
    > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:40:29 -0500, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > Julie Bove wrote:
    > > >
    > > > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > > > interest. Nope.

    > >
    > > Trader Joe's doesn't do much for me either. I haven't been impressed
    > > with the few things that I've bought there. IMO, it's a "cool kid"
    > > grocery store.
    > >
    > > IE - "Oh, I *never* shop at a regular grocery store (gasp!).
    > > I only shop at TJ's or WF.
    > >

    > Who says that?


    Probably YOU, for one. You project yourself to fit the profile.

    G.

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    l not -l Guest

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    On 12-Jan-2014, "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    > strip mall and we didn't need to go in there. So we went to TJs. The
    > place
    > was packed but I just don't get it. Although I didn't look at each and
    > every item, I really didn't see a thing that I couldn't get elsewhere.
    > And
    > their prices didn't seem any cheaper. Our TJs is quite small though. So
    > it
    > could be that there are others that sell more products than this one does.

    Interest in TJ's is dependent on what kinds of foods you like and your
    willingness to experiment. When I first encountered TJ's, it was when I was
    travelling to SFBA on a regular basis; many folks raved about TJ's but I saw
    nothing of interest. $2 bottles of wine were important to others, but I
    don't drink, therefor couldn't care less.

    However, TJ's now is available in my area and I go once a month or so to
    stock up on a few things. Blistered peanuts are sooooo good and
    unavailable anywhere else I shop. Uncle Sam cereal (which I eat several
    days each week) is nearly $1/box less expensive. The cheese selection is
    excellent and well priced. Flank steak is very good and $1.5--$2/lb cheaper
    than at most supermarkets. There are two shopping bags full of such things
    I buy from TJ's on my monthly trip; there'd be more if I were hung up on
    "organic" foods; their price for organic produce is much better than most
    supermarkets.

  13. #13
    sf Guest

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    On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:33:34 -0500, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > sf wrote:
    > >
    > > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:40:29 -0500, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > > Julie Bove wrote:
    > > > >
    > > > > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > > > > interest. Nope.
    > > >
    > > > Trader Joe's doesn't do much for me either. I haven't been impressed
    > > > with the few things that I've bought there. IMO, it's a "cool kid"
    > > > grocery store.
    > > >
    > > > IE - "Oh, I *never* shop at a regular grocery store (gasp!).
    > > > I only shop at TJ's or WF.
    > > >

    > > Who says that?

    >
    > Probably YOU, for one. You project yourself to fit the profile.
    >

    Then you'd be wrong. I'm the one who complains about all the
    "complainahs" who think TJ's *should* be a full service grocery store
    and then yap about how awful it is after they figure out that it's
    not. And I rarely shop at WF.


    --
    "Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans"
    (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

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    T Guest

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    In article <latsv5$lq3$[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    > strip mall and we didn't need to go in there. So we went to TJs. The place
    > was packed but I just don't get it. Although I didn't look at each and
    > every item, I really didn't see a thing that I couldn't get elsewhere. And
    > their prices didn't seem any cheaper. Our TJs is quite small though. So it
    > could be that there are others that sell more products than this one does.


    There are a number of things I like at Trader Joe's. Their dijon mustard
    is fanastic. And I like their cheese selections too though I can get
    better if I slog over to the east side of the city here.

    That said, I think states need to loosen up on alcohol sales laws. All
    supermarkets should be able to sell beer, ale and wine.

    For example, if I drive to the TJ's in Warwick (12 miles) they can't
    sell alcoholic beverages. But go north about 23 miles of me to
    Foxborough, MA and the state law there says they can sell beer, ale and
    wines in supermarkets.

    There are lot of stupid things between Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
    The biggest among them is our sales tax. 7% in RI, and 6.25% in MA.

  15. #15
    jmcquown Guest

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    On 1/12/2014 3:47 PM, T wrote:
    >
    > That said, I think states need to loosen up on alcohol sales laws. All
    > supermarkets should be able to sell beer, ale and wine.
    >

    I had to ask at Publix today whether or not they can sell wine on
    Sundays. Who can keep up? Apparently the supermarkets can and do sell
    wine, beer and ale on Sundays. But the liquor stores choose close.

    In Shelby County, Tennessee, supermarkets couldn't sell wine. No place
    could sell it on Sunday. You couldn't buy beer in a liquor store. You
    couldn't buy wine in a store that sold beer or liquor. Uh, what?! But
    you could buy beer in a supermarket or convenience store after 12 Noon
    on Sunday. The laws are all stupid.

    > For example, if I drive to the TJ's in Warwick (12 miles) they can't
    > sell alcoholic beverages. But go north about 23 miles of me to
    > Foxborough, MA and the state law there says they can sell beer, ale and
    > wines in supermarkets.
    >

    Is Warwick in a dry county? Or is it the TJ's there just doesn't have a
    liquor license?

    > There are lot of stupid things between Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
    > The biggest among them is our sales tax. 7% in RI, and 6.25% in MA.
    >

    Sales tax is goofy everywhere. When I left Tennessee for good in 2009
    it was 9.25%, and that included essentials such as food and clothing.

    Jill

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    Julie Bove Guest

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    "l not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:52d2b9f8$0$61486$c3e8da3$[email protected] eb.com...
    >
    > On 12-Jan-2014, "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >> interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    >> strip mall and we didn't need to go in there. So we went to TJs. The
    >> place
    >> was packed but I just don't get it. Although I didn't look at each and
    >> every item, I really didn't see a thing that I couldn't get elsewhere.
    >> And
    >> their prices didn't seem any cheaper. Our TJs is quite small though. So
    >> it
    >> could be that there are others that sell more products than this one
    >> does.

    > Interest in TJ's is dependent on what kinds of foods you like and your
    > willingness to experiment. When I first encountered TJ's, it was when I
    > was
    > travelling to SFBA on a regular basis; many folks raved about TJ's but I
    > saw
    > nothing of interest. $2 bottles of wine were important to others, but I
    > don't drink, therefor couldn't care less.
    >
    > However, TJ's now is available in my area and I go once a month or so to
    > stock up on a few things. Blistered peanuts are sooooo good and
    > unavailable anywhere else I shop. Uncle Sam cereal (which I eat several
    > days each week) is nearly $1/box less expensive. The cheese selection is
    > excellent and well priced. Flank steak is very good and $1.5--$2/lb
    > cheaper
    > than at most supermarkets. There are two shopping bags full of such
    > things
    > I buy from TJ's on my monthly trip; there'd be more if I were hung up on
    > "organic" foods; their price for organic produce is much better than most
    > supermarkets.


    The produce at mine is often bad. I've been burned so many times on it, I
    won't buy it. Have not tried their blistered peanuts but have tried them
    from other places and did not care for them.


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    [email protected] Guest

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    On Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:37:50 AM UTC-8, Ophelia wrote:
    > "sf" <sf@geemail.com> wrote in message
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    > news:[email protected]..
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    > > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:14:58 -0000, "Ophelia"

    >
    > > <[email protected]> wrote:

    >


    > >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    > >> news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..

    >
    > >> > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    > >> > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the same
    > >> > strip mall ...

    >
    > >> What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

    >
    > > When I visualize a "strip" mall, it is not enclosed. It is a small
    > > shopping center where all the stores have their own entrance to the
    > > parking lot and there is no interior corridor that connects the
    > > stores.

    >
    >
    >
    > Thanks)


    In Chicago, they are modernizing some shopping districts that consisted of blocks of stores whose fronts were flush with the sidewalks, with strip
    malls. The only practical difference is now you park in front of the
    businesses instead of behind them.

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    Ophelia Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:37:50 AM UTC-8, Ophelia wrote:
    >> "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >> > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:14:58 -0000, "Ophelia"

    >>
    >> > <[email protected]> wrote:

    >>

    >
    >> >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >>
    >> >> news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..

    >>
    >> >> > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >> >> > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the
    >> >> > same
    >> >> > strip mall ...

    >>
    >> >> What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

    >>
    >> > When I visualize a "strip" mall, it is not enclosed. It is a small
    >> > shopping center where all the stores have their own entrance to the
    >> > parking lot and there is no interior corridor that connects the
    >> > stores.

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks)

    >
    > In Chicago, they are modernizing some shopping districts that consisted of
    > blocks of stores whose fronts were flush with the sidewalks, with strip
    > malls. The only practical difference is now you park in front of the
    > businesses instead of behind them.


    Oh? So are they more separated than they were, or have they more space out
    front now?


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    Julie Bove Guest

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    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Sunday, January 12, 2014 4:37:50 AM UTC-8, Ophelia wrote:
    >> "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>
    >> > On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:14:58 -0000, "Ophelia"

    >>
    >> > <[email protected]> wrote:

    >>

    >
    >> >> "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >>
    >> >> news:latsv5$lq3$[email protected]..

    >>
    >> >> > We stopped in there yesterday just to see if there was something of
    >> >> > interest. Nope. Actually my mom needed to go into a store in the
    >> >> > same
    >> >> > strip mall ...

    >>
    >> >> What is a 'strip mall'? Is that the same as 'shopping mall'?

    >>
    >> > When I visualize a "strip" mall, it is not enclosed. It is a small
    >> > shopping center where all the stores have their own entrance to the
    >> > parking lot and there is no interior corridor that connects the
    >> > stores.

    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Thanks)

    >
    > In Chicago, they are modernizing some shopping districts that consisted of
    > blocks of stores whose fronts were flush with the sidewalks, with strip
    > malls. The only practical difference is now you park in front of the
    > businesses instead of behind them.


    Hmmm... They are now doing the opposite here and I just don't get it. You
    can't really tell what the businesses are from the busy streets they are on
    because you just see a small sign with the name and the back of the
    business. The buildings literally bump up to the sidewalk. Took me so long
    to figure out that this one place was a wine and cheese bar that by the time
    I did figure it out, it was something else. They are also doing really wild
    designs with the buildings. They do attract your eye but in order to figure
    out what they are, unless you get backed up in traffic and are just sitting
    there, you have to drive around.

    There is a section of stores in Berwick PA in the downtown area that has a
    parking lot behind it. I have seen such a setup in other places too.


  20. #20
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:04:51 -0800, Julie Bove wrote:

    > We had a different type of mall when I lived on Cape Cod but now I can't
    > remember the term for it. The businesses at two of the outer edges were all
    > connected, one of which being a large grocery store. The parking was
    > available surrounding the mall and you might have to walk a ways to get to
    > the business you wanted to visit because... In between the two sides were
    > many winding pathways, assorted gardens and other things to look at.


    In California, at least, those would be "Town and Country". Not sure
    if that was a brand name or what, but they all that same style. We
    have them here in Texas as well. I think they may also be generically
    called open air malls.

    -sw

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