Interesting how the concept of a shop has evolved and matured, and it’s probably a journey newer players still travel.
Phase 1 - you puts stands on your plot to sell your surplus/junk - not much happens
Phase 2 - you start to try to sell crafted items - not much happens
Phase 3 - you open a small portal to a portal hub - a bit happens and you get some footfall
Phase 4 - you open a bigger portal to a Shopping Hub - ah-hah!
Phase 5 - you open many portals to many sorts of hubs
Phase 6 - other players open portals to your shop/hub
Then it gets complicated as people take one or more of different routes:
- You grab a plot in a Mall and let someone else worry about portals
- You remove all your stands from your shop and just become a hub
- You specialize in Forging/Building Materials/Food/etc
Obviously I’m generalizing, but it’s an evolving meta.
Malls have kinda split into Portal Malls and Shop Malls. Gyosha Mall is huge. I think they need one of those maps you see in real life malls, maybe even color-coding specialist shops? There could be a board up near the hubs or at the end of each street? You could get 4 or more shop names to a board and stack vertically and color code the names e.g. Food, Forge, Building Materials, General, Ingredients ( that should keep @majorvex busy for a while )