That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

July 15, 2007

Retail Ghosts

Filed under: — Anita @ 8:13 pm was mentioned today in an article in the Columbus Dispatch.


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  1. Cool article, thanks.

    My favorite quote was from Chris Boring: “If I had a solution, I’d be really rich now.”

    The buckling floor, tho’: I had to wonder (as no kind of expert) if that was a problem peculiar to that mall’s construction rather than anything to do with its poor attendance & revenues.

    I guess whatever’s in style is whatever wasn’t. Year to year, generation to generation, a desired demographic of fresh, well-to-do households sets a commercial real estate developer’s mind a spinning. As a new shopping destination pops up near the new nice neighborhoods, everyone wants to be there. Cue the giant Hoover sound as the stores and the customers leave (in this case) the malls. Previously, it was the open plan shopping centers and the downtowns before that.

    Aside from what’s in style, I wonder if air conditioning a vast interior common space was more overhead than recent developers wanted to take on. They get to say “hey, it ain’t no mall” and not have pay to heat and cool and sweep and mop and otherwise police things (no pesky mall rats without the malls).

    If the creek don’t rise, another thirty years from now will bring us nuevo malls on the furthest reaches of exurbia. Or, as real estate goes virtual, some simulation thereof: “please choose Vintage ’70s or Post-renovation Coliseum Mall.”


    Comment by Kevin Seward — July 16, 2007 @ 10:02 am | Reply

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