Midwest City, Oklahoma, another defense-related development, featured an ultra-modern strip shopping center as its commercial hub. Business began at ATKINSON PLAZA in May 1943. The first major shopping hub completed after the war, BELLEVUE SHOPPING SQUARE {in Bellevue, Washington}, would open for business in August 1946. 
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