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SIMON PROPERTY GROUP is closing all of its shopping properties, including North Attleborough-based Emerald Square Mall, pictured, until March 29 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY EMERALD SQUARE MALL

Emerald Square Mall, Warwick Mall’s common area to close due to...

PROVIDENCE – Multiple local shopping malls are either being ordered to close or have their common areas clear of people in the wake of...
SHIFTING FOCUS: Providence Place, pictured above, and other local malls are increasingly focusing on unique retailers, events and entertainment to lure customers. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Malls are not dead but retailers bracing for survival of fittest

The good news for local malls is their long-predicted demise, like Mark Twain’s prematurely reported death, has been exaggerated. The bad news is the...
AGGRESSIVE GROWTH: Pictured is the interior of the Amazon fulfillment center in Fall River. According to retail analysts at Needham and Co. LLC, Amazon posted $128.5 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2016, 34 percent of all U.S. online sales, and accounted for 58 percent of all e-commerce growth in the country that year.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amazon’s growth is bringing much-needed jobs to region, but are they...

Jerry Johnson lost his last retail job about eight years ago, when the consumer-electronics chain Circuit City shut its stores under pressure from competing...

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