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America’s malls and shopping centers were poised to open this week after stay-at-home orders across the country prohibited the majority of retail stores from opening its doors since March.

However, the pandemic has shifted how consumers purchase household items and groceries. Fears of catching the virus, social distancing measures mandated by states, and availability of online delivery may permanently change the kind of retail space that businesses occupy. Whether a retail company will survive,  be ita grocery chain or clothing company, may depend largely on how they navigate the new landscape and transition to different commerce channels, such as online shopping.

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Pearl Wu

Pearl Wu is the editorial Recognition Desk Manager at ALM Media.

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