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February 02, 2009


J. Strupp

It'll be interesting to see how malls re-invent themselves in the next few years. The vast majority of the U.S. has become grossly "over-stored" to the point that many retailers will require more quality retail locations with less square footage than previous demanded. Whether or not a mall can re-brand itself to cater to a post-consumerism world (consumerism as we knew it) will most likely determine which mall survives and which one doesn't.

I think we have a local example that had better be looking into this re-inventing process immediately. When Sears finally gives up the fight (any month now), what will be left on 76th and Grange?


I have a feeling said "re-inventions" will involve a lot of wrecking balls.

One can hope, anyway.

John Michlig

Imagine, though, how the value of surrounding neighborhoods will SOAR if they bulldoze Southridge and make a Bayshore-like outdoor shopping area WITH apartments.

Tough economic times, though. We may see an empty shell for quite a few years.

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