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After more than a year of being apart, our communities are eager to reconnect with neighbors, friends, and family. And nothing connects us all quite like food!

Read on for the food-related trends we’re seeing catch on at properties across our portfolio of shopping centers in 2021.


From celebrations at your favorite restaurant to picking up fresh ingredients at your local farmers’ market - sharing food helps bring us together. When it comes to the retail industry, food and socializing have always been an essential part of the shopping experience. As in-person gatherings and live events make a return to our calendars, we’re also seeing the joy of shared food experiences making a huge comeback as well.

Centennial shopping centers are the perfect locations for local eatery pop-ups, weekly farmers’ markets, or even special events like food & drink festivals. From our Modern Food Hall LOT 579 at Pacific City to an outdoor wine and hot air balloon festival at Brazos Mall, our shopping centers have space (inside and out!) to make fun foodie experiences come to life. Contact your Local Leasing & Business Development Representative to learn more: Contact Us.


The pandemic has only heightened the demand for streamlined shopping experiences, and that includes the expectations of our food and dining vendors. Providing quick and convenient food options is certainly not a novel concept (just think of the typical food court that exists in most major malls across the country), but the desire for convenience & safety has now become a permanent expectation.

At Centennial shopping centers across the country, we’re seeing eateries and food vendors embrace this trend in a variety of ways:

Contactless Menus & Digital Ordering:From mobile ordering apps to QR code menu pages, we’re seeing a rise in diners choosing their meal right from their phone. It’s germ-free, greener, and quicker than a traditional menu.

Pre-Packaged Portions:For those businesses selling small bites and snacks, expect your customers to want them to be individually packaged. Think small bags or wrapped items, so that guests can easily pick up what they want without touching several others.

Curbside & Delivery Services:The popularity of curbside pickup and delivery services only continues to grow in 2021. Eateries and food vendors can get in on the trend by partnering with third-party food delivery services, and getting involved in Centennial’s own mall-wide programs like Retail to Go curbside pick-up.


After a stressful 2020, many people are turning to food more than ever as a source of comfort and community connection. From supporting local restaurants via online ordering, to enjoying time with friends and family again at outdoor markets and festivals, you can expect to see many of the food trends of 2021 becoming part of the permanent retail & dining landscape at Centennial shopping centers.

Ready to launch your own culinary venture with us? Reach out to your Local Leasing & Business Development Representative today! Contact Us.


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