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What's in Store: Exploring the Future of Shopping Malls in Greater Philadelphia

Product No.: 20037
Date Published: 10/2021

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Geographic Area Covered: Greater Philadelphia, United States

Abstract: Increased online competition, evolving consumer preferences, and, more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to the decline of shopping malls. Although many of these properties may no longer support a traditional mall, they are often strong candidates for redevelopment. This report summarizes research designed to help communities throughout Greater Philadelphia better understand the challenges and opportunities created by struggling or vacant mall properties. This document summarizes trends in shopping mall redevelopment and presents planning considerations that can help local governments revitalize mall properties as greater community assets.

Key Words: COVID-19, e-Commerce, Redevelopment, Retail, Shopping Centers, Shopping Malls, Town Center

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Project Team

  • Derek G Lombardi, AICP  Senior Planner

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