Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Daily Mall Reader: Stanford Shopping Center

A daily dose of mall-related reading...

"Slice of cheese pizza at Tresidder Union: $2.75
Econ 1 textbook: $123.56
Undergraduate tuition: $29,847
Bloomingdale's across the street . . . Priceless"

Stanford Magazine - July/August 2004

(Excerpt) If shopping malls typically sprouted on university grounds, it might be reasonable to expect them to include a Gap, a Banana Republic, an Abercrombie & Fitch, or even a J.Crew—all of which have branches at Stanford. But the University is also home to a Brooks Brothers, an A|X Armani Exchange and an enormous, ornate Polo store.

Need high-end stereo equipment? There is a Bose shop and a Bang & Olufsen within Stanford’s borders. Furniture? You’ll have to travel off campus for a futon, but at Stanford you can select cherrywood dining tables and leather club chairs from Crate & Barrel’s first West Coast home store.

Read the full article here.

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Blogger Cora Buhlert said...

Having a shopping mall on campus sounds like a really good idea, especially to someone who went to a university where the only places to shop where a bookshop, a stationery shop, a travel agent, PC shop, copy shop and tiny grocery shop nicknamed Uncle Walter's.

The highbrow stores are a bit of a puzzle though. Because no students I have ever met could afford buying at places like Tiffany or Ralph Lauren. And neither could the university staff, unless they are really grossly overpaid.

Tue Apr 24, 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Bill said...

As the article mentions, Stanford Shopping Center is more of a regional mall for the nearby upscale cities of Palo Alto and Atherton than one that has anything to do with the University. Most students tend to shop elsewhere or in downtown Palo Alto than at Stanford Shopping Center, save perhaps for the Palo Alto Roasting Company, Starbucks, McDonalds and the Palo Alto Creamery.

Thu Apr 26, 03:43:00 AM  
Blogger Cora Buhlert said...

Well, I'm not familiar with the demographics of the area. But it still strikes me as strange to have a shopping mall on a university campus with no shops aimed at students.

Thu Apr 26, 08:29:00 AM  

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