This is just a copy and repaste of part of my post fromt he referenced AIB thread, but I think it's worthy of a thread of its own. Besides, nobody commented about it.
Shopping center names in the Buffalo area tend to be quite plain. Sure, there's the Walden Galleria and Eastern Hills Mall, but most follow a formula of using the name of the streets at the intersection where it's located ...
Maple-North Forest Plaza
... or the name of the largest tenant
Rocco's Pizza and Wings Plaza
There's also the 1950s retro holdouts
"The Crossings at West Seneca?" "Village Shops at East Amherst?" "Williamsville Town Center?" "Toscana at Clarence?" Nope, not in the Buffalo area. That's too fancy-dancy.
For unenclosed shopping centers, the suffix "Plaza" is nearly universal. A distant second is the awkward "Consumer Square," believe it or not.
Boulevard Consumer Square
Walden Consumer Square
Delaware Consumer Square
Niagara Consumer Square
Union Consumer Square
The "Consumer Square" theme seems to be a Buffalo phenomenon; I haven't seen it elsewhere.
What are the trends for shopping centers around your neck of the woods? Are they boring Buffalo-style street intersection or primary tenant names, retro names, or names chosen carefully by marketers to evoke Northern Italy or other places that might be trendy at the moment?