Malls will no longer be the same after Covid-19

An artist's impression of the downtown Fashion District Philadelphia mall, where US$210 million was spent on renovations before it reopened last year with a number of new tenants. Some mall operators are spending big to better position themselves for the future. PHOTO: NYTIMES.
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The pandemic is changing how shopping malls are built, in perhaps the most disruptive retail environment in modern times.

Developers have replaced the vacant big units with a mix of retail, dining, entertainment, fitness, co-working and healthcare options. They have also added apartments, hotels and offices to the properties - often to make better use of vacant parking lots and create built-in traffic generators - and they are beginning to create distribution and self-storage hubs at malls as more people purchase their goods online.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 09, 2020, with the headline Malls will no longer be the same after Covid-19. Subscribe