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Suburban strip malls have earned a negative reputation for their lack of character and cheap, mass-produced offerings. Although they provide inexpensive and convenient goods and services to the patrons who depend upon them, strip malls deny the middle class a sense of place in their own communities. The combination of three types of businesses under one roof in a vacant strip mall grocery store would maximize the efficiency of the massive boxed-in space. This thesis aims to design a conceptual model for providing access to everyday necessities in an attractive and experiential environment structured around the lives and needs of residents of the Denbigh Village neighborhood of Newport News, Virginia. A laundromat lounge, café and curated home retail store will merge to create an elevated suburban outing.

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