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(International Business Times)   Americans are returning to malls   (ibtimes.com) divider line
    More: Followup, Shopping mall, Retailing, shopping centers, Kimco Realty, Plaza, foot traffic, Power centre, Kimco CEO Conor Flynn  
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2021-08-01 6:27:16 AM  
Mall traffic back to 2019 levels.  Is that really "good" per se?
 
2021-08-01 7:32:43 AM  
Look people are pissed off and the best legal solution that isn't lots of expensive doctors visits is bothering people in their lives by going GOTH!

Head to the mall, try on all things and buy gifts for the unvaccinated people in your life, they won't be around for long, so you can actually probably keep those gifts for yourself eventually.

Buy buy buy all the strange clothing.

Keep looking weird, it bothers America's adversaries by sparking confusion boners.
 
2021-08-01 7:41:31 AM  
I'm only visiting the largest mall in the area because my eye doctor is there, and occasionally for the movie theater.
 
2021-08-01 7:43:07 AM  

aerojockey: Mall traffic back to 2019 levels.  Is that really "good" per se?


I swung by the mall in late May and it was absolutely back to 2019 levels.  Parking lot full, people milling about the food court, stores brisk and busy.  The only real difference was Nordstrom had closed.

But, this wasn't a janky mall - I've opined in here before, if a Mall just has a Penney's, Sears, and an Orange Julius and Auntie Em in the middle, it's probably struggling.  If the mall has an Urban Outfitters, Apple Store, Peloton store, Container Store, Eddie Bauer, White House Black Market... basically, stores that tend to come up in the Amex app's "Offers" tab, then, it's probably doing fine.
 
2021-08-01 8:05:55 AM  

aerojockey: Mall traffic back to 2019 levels.  Is that really "good" per se?


To spread Covid?  Absolutely.
 
2021-08-01 8:15:21 AM  
The is good news ... for Kevin Smith's upcoming Mallrats sequel.
 
2021-08-01 8:34:35 AM  
I went in* the local mall a few weeks ago, not worth going back.  A good chunk (15-20%) of the stores were closed, including one of the large department store sections.  Think it used to be a Lord & Taylor which just went out of business.

Dunno how much foot traffic is there now but doubt it's going to last long at this rate.

/*Instead of a traditional food court it has a few restaurants along one corner that can be accessed from the exterior.  Will hit one occasionally as they're within walking distance and most have outdoor seating.
 
2021-08-01 8:42:53 AM  
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2021-08-01 9:12:11 AM  
Does the mall still have it all?
 
2021-08-01 9:15:16 AM  
The only place even busy at the mall here is the Marshalls. There's only a couple stores left and a BJJ school in it. The anchor stores are long gone, Sears, Penny's and I forget the other one. The movie theater even tried to leave but the city didn't want to give any incentives for a new building. The most recent plan was to get it turned in to an apartment complex, but that fell through. It has really turned into an eye sore.
 
2021-08-01 9:44:51 AM  
You need kevlar to go to our mall.
 
2021-08-01 9:51:37 AM  

bostonguy: The is good news ... for Kevin Smith's upcoming Mallrats sequel.


Is there really a Mallrats sequel? I liked the first one, 26 years ago.
 
2021-08-01 10:05:39 AM  

Mugato: bostonguy: The is good news ... for Kevin Smith's upcoming Mallrats sequel.

Is there really a Mallrats sequel? I liked the first one, 26 years ago.


https://ew.com/movies/mallrats-sequel​-​twilight-of-the-mallrats-kevin-smith/
 
2021-08-01 10:14:30 AM  
I don't think mall attendance is up, at least not here in Milwaukee. I haven't heard of a shooting at Mayfair Mall in over a year.
 
2021-08-01 10:48:19 AM  

bostonguy: Mugato: bostonguy: The is good news ... for Kevin Smith's upcoming Mallrats sequel.

Is there really a Mallrats sequel? I liked the first one, 26 years ago.

https://ew.com/movies/mallrats-sequel-​twilight-of-the-mallrats-kevin-smith/


I don't know how to feel about that. Like I said, I liked the original but everyone is so old now (they're about my age). I'll see it, of course.
 
2021-08-01 11:07:03 AM  

Alphax: I'm only visiting the largest mall in the area because my eye doctor is there, and occasionally for the movie theater.


The local mall might survive once an outpatient facility is finally built.  Absolutely no reason to go there now (except to vote.  For some reason they had the voting polls there.  But without access to the inside so you lined up in the rain).

There are two other malls quite a bit further away (30 minutes?) that appear to be weathering the pandemic.  Don't plan on visiting them any time soon.

/remember seeing a lasik center in a mall in the 1990s
//thought going to the mall for minor surgery was hilarious
///how times have changed
 
2021-08-01 11:38:05 AM  

bostonguy: The is good news ... for Kevin Smith's upcoming Mallrats sequel.


Plauguerats, now showing everywhere.
 
2021-08-01 11:56:21 AM  
I don't even know what is in our mall any more. Probably that dippin dots crap.
 
2021-08-01 12:16:19 PM  
I went to the JC penneys homestore to get my Covid shot. It has been empty for years until Kaiser leased it. This is an outlying building by Best Buy. The main part of the mall ?  Decades.
 
2021-08-01 12:52:44 PM  
Introverts stay home a lot.

The meek.

Extroverts do not.

They are quick to tell you their opinions.

They are not the meek.

Guess who is going to inherit the earth?
 
2021-08-01 1:17:55 PM  

vudukungfu: Introverts stay home a lot.

The meek.

Extroverts do not.

They are quick to tell you their opinions.

They are not the meek.

Guess who is going to inherit the earth?


Animals and insects.
 
2021-08-01 2:42:34 PM  

KarmicDisaster: I don't even know what is in our mall any more. Probably that dippin dots crap.


It is
 
2021-08-01 3:33:24 PM  
I hear there's a really good taco place at the mall near me. Hopefully they move somewhere else eventually so I can try them. Zero chance I'm gonna try them in that cesspool.
 
2021-08-01 3:33:30 PM  

Mugato: bostonguy: Mugato: bostonguy: The is good news ... for Kevin Smith's upcoming Mallrats sequel.

Is there really a Mallrats sequel? I liked the first one, 26 years ago.

https://ew.com/movies/mallrats-sequel-​twilight-of-the-mallrats-kevin-smith/

I don't know how to feel about that. Like I said, I liked the original but everyone is so old now (they're about my age). I'll see it, of course.


He's been toying with that sequel ever since it became a cult hit.

Mid 2010's there was actually a handshake location deal in place to shoot it a my local childhood mall since it was scheduled to be demolished in place of one of those upscale suburban shopping centers.

But then the property owner demanded a bunch more money and Smith and production bailed. It would have been cool to see what they would have done with the place.

I actually watched Mallrats recently, spurned by a recent Kevin Smith thread here. I was surprised that it still held up, better than a lot of his other films. And when I say "held up" I means it's pretty much exactly how you remembered it. It's a good movie by any means, but it's enjoyable.
 
2021-08-01 3:33:31 PM  
Our local mall went from 75+ stores in 2000 to just over 20 in 2021. During that timeframe they did the only sensible things a for profit corporation would do: raise rents and not even think of updating the mall at all.

Damn place looks exactly the same since the 90's
 
2021-08-01 5:21:08 PM  
I actually live in my local mall, since it is almost completely deserted. If anyone starts acting suspicious, I pretend that I work at JoAnn fabrics. It's more believable than working at the theater.
 
2021-08-01 6:41:41 PM  
Malls used to be wonderful places.
 
2021-08-01 8:47:57 PM  
When Ivanka wins in 2028 and the usps is completely privatized.... no more free amazon prime shipping to BFE, some of you will regret killing all brick and mortar shops except Walmart, target, grocery, and home depot.
 
2021-08-01 9:42:54 PM  
This article says nothing about malls.

'Kimco Realty, which operates more than 400 shopping centers round the United States.'

Malls are DEAD. Overpriced clothing and shoe stores, and a couple cell phone stores, that is all that is left (and even those places are rapidly disappearing). I haven't purchased anything from a mall store in probably a decade. I walk around a mall once a year when I wait for my car to get inspected nearby and all I can think of is 'why' (and this particular mall still has a Zombie-Sears store that I think they have forgotten exists).
 
2021-08-01 9:54:56 PM  
My mall is pretty crowded, especially on weekends.
 
2021-08-01 11:08:44 PM  

ltnor: The only place even busy at the mall here is the Marshalls. There's only a couple stores left and a BJJ school in it. The anchor stores are long gone, Sears, Penny's and I forget the other one. The movie theater even tried to leave but the city didn't want to give any incentives for a new building. The most recent plan was to get it turned in to an apartment complex, but that fell through. It has really turned into an eye sore.


Salem, OR has a "mall" downtown. What it is is several old-school stores linked with elevated walkways over the streets, so you can avoid the homeless people.  At least two of them are for sale and the rumor is they will be demo'd and replaced with high rise apartments.  The parking garages will probably be preserved, so the homeless people have a place to get out of the rain.
 
2021-08-02 8:30:15 AM  

Izunbacol: But, this wasn't a janky mall - I've opined in here before, if a Mall just has a Penney's, Sears, and an Orange Julius and Auntie Em in the middle, it's probably struggling.  If the mall has an Urban Outfitters, Apple Store, Peloton store, Container Store, Eddie Bauer, White House Black Market... basically, stores that tend to come up in the Amex app's "Offers" tab, then, it's probably doing fine.


We were at the Burlington Mall in MA a couple of weeks ago.  That place is definitely doing well.  The dining options are definitely a few steps above average mall fare; everything from Bazille at Nordstrom, a Pepe's, Johnny Rockets, a ton of decent eastern-Asian ethnic cuisines (Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Thai), Shake Shack, Legal Sea Foods, and more importantly, The Friendly Toast.

Stores?  Apple, Burberry, Coach, Crate & Barrel, Eddie Bauer, Fabletics, Kate Spade, Lego, Untuckit, White House Black Market and more.

Oh, and a Primark for the 'unwashed masses'.

It's not just the mall itself that is upscale.  The mall is right next to Lahey Hospital where even THEIR cafeteria is upscale; when I had to go there for an ongoing issue, always made sure to hit up the fresh-pressed panini station.
 
2021-08-02 10:09:02 AM  

MBZ321: Malls are DEAD.


The ubiquitous nature of malls in the 80s/90s is certainly dying.  But malls themselves are not dead.  The bigger ones are doing quite well.
 
2021-08-02 7:32:56 PM  

cryinoutloud: I actually live in my local mall, since it is almost completely deserted. If anyone starts acting suspicious, I pretend that I work at JoAnn fabrics. It's more believable than working at the theater.


It's been done: https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna​2110050​1
 
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