Butte Plaza Mall in Montana has diversified its tenants in order to survive, which might mean it loses out on seasonal shopping spikes.
One critic says the changes are "almost like retail gentrification."
Some see a sign of economic health, others one more example of global inequality.
A sign the nation's economic health may be continuing to improve -- the real estate data company Reis reported today vacancies at shopping centers were down at the end of 2011. It's the first time that's happened in four years.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is on his way to Asia today with a goal of getting Japan and China on board with new economic sanctions against Iran, as tensions between that country and the U.S. continue to grow. The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas and there will be plenty of hype and hooey regarding a zillion new tech products being displayed.