Retail and Airport Dictionary

     I created this site knowing that newcomers to the topics would come. To help with anyone who is confused, here is a dictionary for terms of the trades.

MALL
A suburban shopping center, often enclosed, consisting of short walkways with stores facing towards them. Can have anchor stores, theatres, or big box tenants. Food courts are common.


SHOPPING CENTER
Anywhere you can do basic shopping. Malls, strip centers, and power/lifestyle centers fall under this category. Also often include sit-down restaurants.


STRIP MALL
Often known as strip centers in the retail industry. Serve a local area, and some local shops may exist in its proper. Restaurants common. 


ANCHOR
Major department store found at ends of malls and occasionally in lifestyle and power centers. A "destination store" for shoppers. Vacancies or quality of these spots show a mall's health.


RETAIL
The study of shopping. Stores, consumers, and producers are the heart of the industry.


POWER CENTER
A shopping center consisting of mainly big-box tenants and national chains. Sit-down restaurants mark the outlots. An anchor store or theatre may be in the center.

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LIFESTYLE CENTER
Today's modern shopping center. Consists of middle-market chains surrounding a parking lot. Upscale fast-food joints (think Chipotle) or trendy sit-down restaurants (California Pizza Kitchen or a sushi bar) round out the roster. Condos or apartments may be located above the shops. An anchor - or two - may be in center proper. Theatres aren't uncommon.


INLINE TENANTS
National or mom and pop stores that line a mall walkway. Have no outside entrance and are reached through the mall.


OUTLET MALL/CENTER
An open-air or enclosed mall featuring stores with goods at lower prices. Think TJ Maxx on steroids, if that helps. May be a junior anchor such as Saks off Fifth in mall proper.


OPEN AIR AND ENCLOSED MALL
Describes roof of mall corridors. Enclosed means full roof, open-air means no roof or "Sky Shield."


BIG BOXES
National chains built like a box. Barnes and Noble, Home Depot, and DSW are all big boxes. Most specialize in one type of item (books, hardware and tools, and shoes, respectively).


MALL CLASSES
Describe outreach and size of mall. Biggest to largest: community, regional, superregional.


FOOD COURT
Court devoted to food in a mall. Filled with fast-food and local eateries. A sit-down restaurant may be in a traditional food court. Usually at centers of malls.


JUNIOR ANCHOR
A store such as Barnes and Noble or H&M. Don't take up as much room as a normal anchor. Specialize in one certain item range.

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TAXIWAY
Waiting area for planes. Roll down taxiway to reach runway. Parallel to runway.


RAMP/APRON
Uncovered area for plane storage. Most airport services at smaller fields located here.


HANGAR
Covered storage space for planes. Protects planes from the elements. Repairs done here.


Hopefully that helped you.

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