At the beginning of the period of a systemic transformation in Poland construction of large shopping centers, being based mainly on foreign capital was initiated. These investments at first were located in large cities and their suburban zones, and then also appeared in smaller towns. This process led to the fundamental change of the existing earlier commercial network. She consisted above all in making this network rich for new large-surface shopping centers, performing not only commercial but also social functions. Simultaneously it achieved the collapse of the nationalized trade. Parallel also a crisis of smaller private shops escalated not-withstanding the competition with new commercial giants. The huge economic potential of large shopping centers and the very wide reach of their spatial influence caused that they had become new nodes of the commercial network.