Don’t call West Vancouver’s Village at Park Royal a mall. The shopping centre, which promises “sunny patios and shopping galore,” is marketed as a lifestyle centre. The reason? Its design encourages customers, a majority of whom are older than 55, to spend the day.

Trees, streetlamps and benches line wide sidewalks along a High Street-like retail strip. Each building is unique, but the centre offers many of the same stores found in big-box developments or malls. But unlike those shopping centres, people here congregate outdoors like they would in a town square. In the winter, customers are offered a free umbrella service to keep them dry. continue reading>>

Source: Kate Robertson (CTV News)

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