More 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.