I walked into a wasteland floating on a sea of tile the other day. It was the Durango Mall. A vast open space by Pier One seemed to stretch for miles. As I wondered through the mall, I noticed that at least five or more spaces sat empty. There is also no place to get food. Its depressing.
I realize times are tough, but is it financial difficulty that allows the mall to remain so barren? Do the owners require too much rent to keep the spaces occupied? All I know is I would want every space of my business occupied even if it required me to lower the rent. I would be trying to contract with McDonalds, Panda Express and any other fast-food establishment I could to actually create a food court to entice people to come walk on the thousands of dollars worth of tile Ive installed.
I dont know about running a mall, but I know that Durangos mall has hardly any stores, no food, and no business and it doesnt seem like anything is being done to remedy that.
But thats just me.
Tom Packer, Durango