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Eastern Hills Mall to become lifestyle center?

Posted at 1:28 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 08:16:36-04

The retail world is changing. Big stores are pulling out of malls where they used to be an anchor. Now one local mall is considering a major change to keep up with the times.

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Macy's recently left the Eastern Hills and McKinley malls, leaving a giant space where the department store used to be. But rather than seek out a new retailer, Eastern Hills may be going in a radically different direction.

A representative from Mountain Development says the mall may one day be a lifestyle center. The concept is in its early stages, but it would turn Eastern Hills into a place to live, work and play.

It's something the owners are strongly considering as online shopping forces big box retailers to close their less profitable locations. The representative says people want a place where they can walk out their door and go to a restaurant and Mountain Development believes Eastern Hills is the perfect spot for that.

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