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(CNN)   Old malls increasingly being repurposed as doctors' offices. Keeping the Cinnabon running helps ensure future patients   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-09-18 8:30:45 PM  
As a former '90s mallrat I want them to be turned into residences so that I can finally complete what I did then by living at the mall full-time.
 
2020-09-18 8:31:00 PM  
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2020-09-18 8:32:04 PM  
"Alright.. let's keep it moving. Head on down to the food court, and the lab will check you in..."
 
2020-09-18 8:35:42 PM  
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2020-09-18 8:36:57 PM  

Gordon Bennett: As a former '90s mallrat I want them to be turned into residences so that I can finally complete what I did then by living at the mall full-time.


Dibs on the Orange Julius bathtub
 
2020-09-18 8:40:20 PM  

Gordon Bennett: As a former '90s mallrat I want them to be turned into residences so that I can finally complete what I did then by living at the mall full-time.


Got stupid money?  You can live at the Natick Mall in Natick Mass.  Shop till you drop!  *hair flip*

Some malls have been repurposed as government offices.  That's what they did with New Castle Square Mall (né Triangle Mall?) in New Castle, Delaware, and Shepherd Mall in Oklahoma City.
 
2020-09-18 8:41:32 PM  

Gordon Bennett: As a former '90s mallrat I want them to be turned into residences so that I can finally complete what I did then by living at the mall full-time.


I would totally live in one. especially if I could have a big metal grate I could shut at the end of the day at the front.

that would be sweet.
 
2020-09-18 8:54:48 PM  
My orthodontist works in an old strip mall. A building is a building.
 
2020-09-18 8:57:38 PM  
Or turn them into one of the "Dreamland Parks".

/Would love to see that turn into a movie. Including the sequels.
 
2020-09-18 9:04:56 PM  
Good.  We need more of this.
 
2020-09-18 9:11:38 PM  
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2020-09-18 9:23:54 PM  
Probably 20 years ago I started at a hotel in Orlando that was attached to a mall.  They was kind of weird.

Before they moved to Mooresville, Lowe's used to be run from an old mall
 
2020-09-18 9:33:43 PM  

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You might be thinking about apple pie.

Anyways, this is what's happening with malls around the world, especially as more and more people get used to shopping online, which only got accelerated due to Covid.  There's no way a shop that pays mall price rent can compete at cost with a seller that's stockpiling the merchandise somewhere cheap (or in their house).
So more mall shops are closing down and what's left is entertainment (movies/theaters, F&B, physical experiences (gym, spa, indoor rock climbing, etc), and office space.
But with the effect of COVID and WFH, even office space might not be enough to keep malls afloat, especially the ones that were expensive and need upkeep.

Based on the comments above, and if the mall is in a touristy city, I'd expect those cubicle hotels to pop up.

/Might need rezoning.
 
2020-09-18 9:35:31 PM  

Gordon Bennett: As a former '90s mallrat I want them to be turned into residences so that I can finally complete what I did then by living at the mall full-time.


In the 1990s I remember seeing a lasic (that was around in the 1990s, wasn't it?) area in a mall (Columbia Mall, Maryland?).  I remember thinking going to the mall for surgery was taking our national (at least suburban national) obsession with malls a bit too far.

The nearby (Rochester, NY) mall is replacing the Sears with a medical center (not sure if HMO or what).  Judging from internet comments, it was hanging on if still quite alive before 2020.  Now, (close 6? months) they'll need all those patients meandering around waiting for the doctor to see them.
 
2020-09-18 9:38:29 PM  
Forgot to add regarding the WFH, home real estate is now highlighting office space as a selling point.
I recently got an email advertising apartments that had office space, free high speed Internet, a complimentary Nespresso machine, and a free detox juice drink every day.
The market adapts.
 
2020-09-18 9:41:08 PM  
I hadn't even heard of Cinnabon until the 2000s.

/too hip for your food court
//Hot Dog on a Stick
///Orange Julius, etc
 
2020-09-18 11:00:57 PM  
A former drug store just reopened as a clinic somewhere nearby.  I'm still waiting to see what happens to the Hugh Jass K-Marts around here.
 
2020-09-19 12:44:47 AM  
Cavities filled, new kidney, and contacts all in one trip.
 
2020-09-19 12:50:18 AM  
There are several two story, medium sized malls in this area that have been half empty for about a decade. I have thought that mall management should move all retail stores downstairs. Then, infill any remaining ground level spaces with such services as dry cleaning, a barbershop, a coffee shop, a bar with live music, a dentist's office, an ophthalmologist, an attorney's office, a bank branch and so on.

The upper floor could then be remodeled into apartments. Skylights would be retained to compensate for the vast interior areas lacking windows. Ideally, the interior promenade would be retained as a common area providing easy access to the businesses downstairs and a place for residents to interact. However, it would now be key card or code accessible only to residents while the downstairs remained open to the public.

I picture the residential units having a modified shotgun house layout. All living rooms and dining rooms would either have windows facing the interior promenade or the exterior of the building. Bedrooms, near the center of the units, might also retain the skylights that are so common in so many malls. Bathrooms and Laundry rooms would be found near the rear. A unit facing outside the building would share a wet wall with a unit facing the promenade with the baths and laundry rooms of one unit backing those of the other unit.

Two sections of the parking lot would be fenced off and the asphalt replaced with a garden. One section would hold playground equipment and outdoor fitness equipment, but mostly lots of green space. The second section would be planted with very fast growing shade plants, feature lots of open green space, and serve as the dog park. Both these sections would be accessible to residents only.

If the apartments are high quality yet bargain priced, mall management would rent out every square inch of the mall while providing a steady stream of customers to the retailers on the lower level.
 
2020-09-19 7:47:53 AM  
Re purposing them as urban farms would make sense.
 
2020-09-19 8:19:37 AM  
In my town there are two malls. One was the first indoor mall in Indiana. Been around since the late sixties. The other was built around 1980/81. The newer one still is full of shops and fairly busy. The other is dead more or less. The old one went into decline in the 90s and was on life support in the 00s. Sears finally went under. One anchor store was for a short time a flea market but it moved. Now it is medical supply store, a bar is there, and i think a health clinic place.
 
2020-09-19 9:12:35 AM  

geekbikerskum: Gordon Bennett: As a former '90s mallrat I want them to be turned into residences so that I can finally complete what I did then by living at the mall full-time.

Got stupid money?  You can live at the Natick Mall in Natick Mass.  Shop till you drop!  *hair flip*

Some malls have been repurposed as government offices.  That's what they did with New Castle Square Mall (né Triangle Mall?) in New Castle, Delaware, and Shepherd Mall in Oklahoma City.


I seem to recall that one dying mall in Ohio had become home to multiple small churches. Seems about right since it was built for commercial endeavors to take advantage of the lower classes.
 
2020-09-19 10:00:00 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Probably 20 years ago I started at a hotel in Orlando that was attached to a mall.  They was kind of weird.

Before they moved to Mooresville, Lowe's used to be run from an old mall


The hotel and convention center in Providence R.I. is also attached to a mall.  It's Capitalism at it's finest.
 
2020-09-19 10:32:38 AM  

kermit the forg: TheGreatGazoo: Probably 20 years ago I started at a hotel in Orlando that was attached to a mall.  They was kind of weird.

Before they moved to Mooresville, Lowe's used to be run from an old mall

The hotel and convention center in Providence R.I. is also attached to a mall.  It's Capitalism at it's finest.


Though here near Atlanta, they seem to be mixing malls and condos, like the Avalon in Alpharetta and I think they are adding condos to North Point Mall in Roswell/Alpharetta.  It probably gets dicey in December when you are trying to park at home or go somewhere on the weekend and there's Christmas shopping traffic.
 
2020-09-19 10:51:43 AM  
Here in Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt Medical Center bought the old 100 Oaks Mall and repurposed it for doctors' offices.  There's no Cinnabon, but there is a place that sells organic snacks and sandwiches.  The parking is a breeze compared to the awful hospital parking garage.  Surrounding the mall are PetsMart, an antique mall, Home Depot, and Panera Bread, to name a few.  It's been a win/win for the staff and patients.
 
2020-09-19 11:46:11 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: kermit the forg: TheGreatGazoo: Probably 20 years ago I started at a hotel in Orlando that was attached to a mall.  They was kind of weird.

Before they moved to Mooresville, Lowe's used to be run from an old mall

The hotel and convention center in Providence R.I. is also attached to a mall.  It's Capitalism at it's finest.

Though here near Atlanta, they seem to be mixing malls and condos, like the Avalon in Alpharetta and I think they are adding condos to North Point Mall in Roswell/Alpharetta.  It probably gets dicey in December when you are trying to park at home or go somewhere on the weekend and there's Christmas shopping traffic.


They should reserve an area just for residents and make it admissible by code or key card only.
 
2020-09-19 9:34:11 PM  
During the mid-80s, my company was expanding their big-glass-box office building, and shoved a lot of us out to remote office space while they did construction.  My office for a couple years was in a repurposed mostly-dead strip mall; I think we had the furniture store end of it, and the YMCA had a roller-skating rink in the former grocery at the other end, though eventually we took over that also. The couple of restaurants in the middle stayed open for a while.  Parking was nice and close :-)

In my current town, there was a dead department store building for years. Home Depot tried to buy it, but the NIMBYs stopped them. Eventually it got torn down and a medical building built there.  A few years ago, the former Sears and adjacent strip mall got torn down, made into a grocery store and a lot of 4-story apartments, and a lot of other former 1-story retail around here is turning into 3-4-story apartments.
 
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