I’m not 100% sure if it’s legal, but I almost always drive behind shopping centers if I need to get to the store at the other end. We have a rather large shopping center with three anchor stores and if you start on one end and attempt to traverse to the other, you can easily add ten minutes to your trip.
Why does it take so long? Well, first of all, you don’t want to run over the many pedestrians who are taking their time crossing the storefront diagonally. One of the anchor stores is a Lowe’s so you don’t want to take on a load of boards or concrete on a wheeled cart by a person who is looking at their smartphone and assuming no one is coming. There is also that other type of pedestrian that is overly cautious and think they are in a live game of frogger. Just go, you’ve earned your right of way!
The only downside of going behind shopping centers is all the speed bumps, but it’s better than running over people.