Smaller stores don’t work for all retailers, but a subset of companies is finding success with stripped-down, low-inventory “showrooms” that allow customers to test products and order them for home delivery.
Seritage Growth Properties is to replace a Sears site next to Aventura (Fla.) Mall with an open-air retail shopping village. The 215,000-square-foot space will contain stores, restaurants, entertainment tenants, and a pedestrian boulevard and plazas, according to the Miami Herald. Work began today on demolishing the 12.3 acre site’s Sears and Sears Auto Center buildings.
The pedestrian mall, touted in the 1960s and ’70s as a savior of the downtown, has a mixed record. “Pedestrian malls were cities’ knee-jerk reactions to the malls of suburbia, white flight, and depopulation,” writes Andrew Dunham for Smile Politely, an online magazine based in eastern Illinois.