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An Enormous Landmark Joins Graveyard of Malls
by Jeremy at 3:07 pm EST, Dec 24, 2003

"It's just dead here."

"The whole idea of bigger being better, I just don't think that's the case anymore."

The Mall of Memphis has succumbed to ferocious competition from spiffier malls and big discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target.

The mall's shops became "faddish," hustling "baggy pants one month, something else the next."

Its failure "has to do with the disposability of the cities we're building."

An Enormous Landmark Joins Graveyard of Malls
by Robbie at 3:47 am EST, Dec 26, 2003

More than cities, retail itself is becoming more disposable. Large, big-box stores such as Wal-Mart come into small towns. When they outgrow their original location they build a new shopping center down the street. The old shopping center then becomes an empty eyesore. While Wal-Mart often tries to fill their old locations with Sams Clubs, there's not much of a market for stores like this in mos t of the small towns Wal-Mart operates in.

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