Of the almost 1,200 enclosed malls in America, only 400 are thriving. A look inside the demise of America's cultural icon.
The ‘Mall’ is an iconic concept of American culture, however have become an unsustainable venture in a post- recession environment, where people are keeping a tight grasp on their wallets. This has led to the down fall and abandonment of many enclosed shopping centres.
A changing retail market has meant these massive space and money consuming centers, are being out competed by online retail or ‘open air’ retail.
Many of these mall seem to have been constructed with the, ‘build it and they will come’ attitude.
Often these centres were built in a town without a population to maintain revenue. The Randall Park Mall was built in North Randall, Ohio, with a population of 1,500 the mall employed 500.
Some malls have been repurposed to serve a variety of new functions. They are being redeveloped into anything from hockey rinks to medical centres. Although, many just remain an apocalyptic symbol of retail in America.
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Rolling Acres Mall, Ohio
Rolling Acres Mall in Ohio opened in 1979 and operated until 2013 when it completely went into closure. It expanded several times in that period and was 120,773 square metres when it was abandoned.
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