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Malls aren't dead. They're in transition.

Nov 27, 2023
The most successful malls are going back to their roots as multipurpose destinations, instead of just retail centers.
The Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota, opened in 1956 as a place where people could escape chilly winters and socialize without going downtown.
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"People are feeling the pinch," Montana mall manager says

We check in with Alana Ferko, manager of the Butte Plaza Mall, who tells us about vacancy rates and a few special guests.
"People are very good at patronizing, and I appreciate that. But it's not enough," says Alana Ferko of the Butte Plaza Mall's vacancies. "I mean, they're gonna put out the energy to come to the mall, we want it to be worth it." Above, a mall in Florida.
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A Montana mall faces back-to-school shopping ... without department stores

Jul 23, 2019
Butte Plaza Mall in Montana has diversified its tenants in order to survive, which might mean it loses out on seasonal shopping spikes.
The interior of a mall in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
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Makeover of landmark urban mall in Philadelphia brings mixed reviews

Jul 26, 2016
One critic says the changes are "almost like retail gentrification."
Pedestrians pass by advertising for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, which will replace the old Gallery at Market East shopping mall. 
Todd Bookman

Some question the social cost of Mexican mall boom

Mar 15, 2016
Some see a sign of economic health, others one more example of global inequality.
The Oasis shopping center in Coyoacan, Mexico City. 
Alex Schmidt

Malls are dead, long live the mall

Apr 17, 2014
Rick Caruso of The Grove says shopping centers are in the entertainment business.

What kind of shopping mall is successful today?

Dec 16, 2013
Malls have become more nimble, offering specialized services and experiences you can't find online.

For public good, not for profit.

'Dead malls' get new life

Jul 5, 2013
Shopping malls around the country are dropping like flies. Roughly a third have trouble keeping the lights on.

South Korea mall says 'Hello shopper, nice to see you'

Oct 10, 2012
A mall in Seoul, South Korea is installing facial recognition cameras to read shoppers' gender and age in order to generate customized ads.

Recovery in sight for U.S. shopping malls

Jan 9, 2012
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.