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Looking to the future, expect to see the continued shift from retail shopping centers to entertainment and dining centers continue. That is according to Melina Ferraez, director of marketing at Victoria Gardens, a Forest City property. “Online shopping is certainly here to stay, and many believe that retail stores will continue to have smaller physical footprints as a result,” she says. “That said, brick and mortar spaces will remain important for retailers in terms of brand awareness, as well as to accommodate shoppers who still want the traditional shopping experience of browsing and purchasing a product in-store.”

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