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The retail market is among the most impacted by the pandemic—but even within the industry, not all retailers have been impacted the same. Restaurants, enclosed malls and open-air shopping centers are all handling the pandemic differently. The differences range from government-implemented restrictions to consumer comfort.

“Many jurisdictions still restrict and limit the operation of enclosed malls, by significantly limiting and/or prohibiting in-store shopping,” Scott Grossfeld, a partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson, tells GlobeSt.com. “The same rules do not tend to apply to open-air shopping centers. In open-air centers in many jurisdictions, retailers are currently generally permitted to operate with in-store shopping, although subject to some conditions aimed at limiting congestion and high customer traffic within the store.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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