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Popularity of Indoor Malls Falls as Consumers Prefer a Park

In a recent article in the Reno Gazette-Journal’s online newspaper (RGJ.com), Siobhan McAndrew writes about the design shift in recent years of retail shopping centers.  The current trend is to build “lifestyle centers” which arrange retail stores, restaurants, movie cinemas and even hotels and apartments in outdoor park-like settings with fountains, landscaping, walkways and sculptures.  Some host weekend farmers’ markets or outdoor concerts.  McAndrew writes:

“Alamo Quarry Marketplace in San Antonio, Texas: Opened in 1997 the 585,000-square-foot center has eight restaurants and a 16-screen cinema. Located on the site of closed cement plant, the original smokestacks are still at the center. Developed by Trammell Crow, a commercial real estate firm.”

This is one of 10 examples of these centers the article lists.  It includes details such as when the centers were built and who each of the developers and owners are.   McAndrew credits The International Council of Shopping Centers website for some of the statistics quoted.

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