The news just keeps getting brighter!Now Regis Corp., the parentof Supercuts and other salon chains, says it plans to close about160 stores, most of them in malls. Granted, the company operates8,500 units around the world, but this still can't bode well forthe industry.We're sure that Supercuts and similarconcepts don't take up a whole lot of space in a shopping center,but all of these small-store closures have to be adding up forlandlords.Are there ways a shopping-center owner can combat asituation when stores like this go dark, or are vacancy rates justbound to rise? Or are we just making too big a deal of this?

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