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Amazon could make mall department stores into fulfillment centers

Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 15:27:10-04

Amazon is reportedly looking to open fulfillment centers in empty mall department stores across the country.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon executives have been in talks with the Simon Property Group, one of the largest mall owners in the country, to turn empty retail spaces into warehouses that process and ship online orders.

According to Business Insider, Amazon could take over anchor department store space previously occupied by Sears and JCPenney, both of which have filed for bankruptcy and closed dozens of stores across the country, including the Sears in Lafayette.

The deal would provide Amazon with warehouse space in cities across the US and reportedly decrease shipping times for the company.

Business Insider says that many of Amazon's fulfillment centers already occupy spaces in old strip malls that have gone out of business.

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