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American shopping malls a dying breed

Mark Fletcher
June 26th, 2014 · 6 Comments

BqkQoj6IYAAKHuyMore and more reports are coming out of the US about shopping malls that are closing and being abandoned. What’s interesting is that it’s mall based shopping that is challenged and not shopping itself. The New Yorker has an interesting report quoting Rick Caruso, CEO of the company with malls delivering best-practice per square metre sales. Caruso malls are outdoors and more about the LA lifestyle experience.

This trend is one we need to watch and assess whether it is unique to the US or something we are likely to see in Australia because right now, we’re seeing more malls being built than close – leading some to say we are over served with retail space.

There was a time when being in a newsagency in a shopping mall was the preferred outlet. Today, that preferred location is more likely to be a high street situation in an area with a strong sense of community.

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Category: retail · retail leases

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  • 1 James // Jun 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Mark there is even a website dedicated to tracking them:
    http://www.deadmalls.com/stories.html
    Ive been following it for a while. It doesn’t make for good reading but it is difficult to determine how applicable it is to Australia. The US went through an enormous property value downturn a couple of years and we havent seen anything like that here so its hard to know how much of what happens there translates to here.

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  • 2 Mark Fletcher // Jun 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Thanks James. I had not seen that. I’m not sure how it plays out here given that we don’t have the strip malls and doe other retail situations they have. However, we are over-malled so I expect there will be some ramifications here at some point.

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  • 3 Wally // Jun 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Hopefully it will have some effect on rents but this is unlikely to be seen as a solution to the greedy.

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  • 4 Alex // Jun 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    This I think is mainly an American Phenomenon, because more consumers are able to get what they want from Online Malls like Amazon (which is even doing groceries now).

    Just some more info on the mall pictured, it started closing down in 2006 when target pulled out, and the rest of the mall has been mostly closed down in 2008.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Acres_Mall
    http://www.weather.com/travel/abandoned-malls-seph-lawless-photos-20140408
    http://www.businessinsider.com/shopping-malls-are-going-extinct-2014-1

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  • 5 Mark Fletcher // Jun 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Alex online is having a similar impact here – just ask anyone in fashion retail.

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  • 6 Alex // Jun 26, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    mark-
    true I forgot about them….

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