Since the mid-1990s, some have been saying that all shopping malls in America are dead or dying. This half-fact is often repeated by the clueless news media, who -apparently- no longer do objective and investigative journalism...but just repeat, in verbatim, what comes over the wire service.
Many "malls are dead" detractors say online shopping will eventually do in the "brick & mortar" mall. However, these individuals are ignoring a few facts. First, buying certain things online (such as dvds, music or electronics) can work out ok. However, one cannot try on clothing or shoes, and can end up sending an item back a time or two to finally get the right one. Secondly, shoppers, especially Fashionista-type ladies, love the experience of shopping in an actual store, something that just doesn't transfer over to buying stuff (that you cannot touch, feel or try on) on a computer.
Graphic from Wikipedia / "Jbarta"
-Recently completed a 200 million dollar expansion-
-Where a 200 million dollar renovation has just been completed-
-A 600 million dollar remodeling is in progress-
Photos 1 & 2 from www.simon.com (Simon Property Group)
Photo 3 from www.westfield.com (Westfield Group)
Photo 4 from www.ggp.com (General Growth Properties)