Malls that buckled due to e-commerce or suffered during the pandemic are being given new life by the very entity that precipitated their decline — Amazon.
Over the last several months, the retail giant has gone on a shopping spree of its own, buying up disused malls across the country and turning them into distribution centers.
In March, Amazon won approval to turn a mall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, into a 3.4 million-square-foot distribution building, and a mall in Knoxville, Tennessee, into a 220,000-square-foot distribution center. In December, the local planning board in Worcester, Massachusetts, signed off on Amazon’s request to convert the city’s Greendale Mall into a 121,000-square-foot distribution center.
On the latest episode of Pod That the Jarjour Brothers (706) co-founders & brothers, George & Sami Jarjour discussed how malls are going away but Amazon will probably make their own malls too… which can be played on Spotify below, or here for all other platforms:
Is it just me or does it hurt to see Malls just going away? ? pic.twitter.com/UCKlVvAzVv
— Sami Jarjour (@SamiOnTap) April 28, 2021