Gayton Crossing, Richmond
Gayton Crossing is a colonial-style shopping centre which has been at the crossing of Gayton, Gaskins, and Quioccasin Roads in Richmond's west end since the mid 1980s. It has more of a neighbourhood feel because a larger proportion of stores are operated by the owner than at most strip malls, although there are notable chains like Kroger, Blockbuster, and Starbuck's. The faux colonial architecture is reminiscent of old town centres, which, ironically, strip malls such as this helped ruin. This false nostalgia seems congruent with Richmond's West End.
What to buy: There are over 50 stores, restaurants and services at Gayton Crossing. Some of the more prominent tenants are Ukrop's, The Attic, the Melting Pot, Chianti Italian Restaurant, and Dollar Town. Practically every category represented in VT's type selection applies here. I go here mainly for the fine dining.
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What to pay: As is typical in the Far West End, it leans to the upscale, but bargains can be found at Dollar Town if nowhere else.