Centers of Gravity: The local mall faces its day of reckoning

Every weapon U.S. shopping malls have deployed in the war against e-commerce — movie theaters that serve dinner, hands-on beauty chains and cocktail bars inside department stores — could be rendered useless by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Malls have been on a long, slow downward spiral for the better part of 15 years as shoppers shifted more of their spending online, bankrupting the stalwarts of American retail and forcing mall owners to look beyond retailers to fill the storefronts in their hulking properties. (Wash Bus Journal)

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