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Old 07-14-2020, 01:08 PM
 
Location: East Mobile
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If it is, then Mobile needs to try harder. That’s not a true upscale shopping center like the Summit or Bridge Street. That is what... maybe 10 stores? I comment on the Birmingham and Huntsville forums as well. Mainly because I’m a huge Alabama homer and want to see ALL 3 of Alabama’s major cities prosper. The Mobile/Baldwin market needs a Macy’s, Trader Joe’s, Apple Store, Cheesecake Factory, Tory Burch.. you catch my drift. Go to the website of any upscale mall/shopping center in the country and you’ll see the usual list of stores. Savannah, GA and a few other metros smaller than Mobile have these stores. Mobile has to start working now to position itself as the anchor city of the Mobile/Baldwin/Pensacola metro that will exist in a few decades (if Baldwin county keeps growing at its current rate, more and more rural areas in Baldwin will become subdivisions and this will happen).
Many of the higher end specialty stores aren’t in expansion mode, and several are trying to trim existing number of stores and enter bankruptcy. Can you image an open air center with J. Crew, Sur La Table, Ann Taylor and Brooks Brothers as tenants?
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Old 07-18-2020, 02:20 AM
 
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Many of the higher end specialty stores aren’t in expansion mode, and several are trying to trim existing number of stores and enter bankruptcy. Can you image an open air center with J. Crew, Sur La Table, Ann Taylor and Brooks Brothers as tenants?

I think the ship has sailed on better retail options for a few years. The renovation of Bel Air Mall was years too late, and screwed up more than it brought in. Here we are 5 years later and the stores that were "proposed" are no where in sight, and what's gone in has disappeared faster than it came in.



The pandemic makes it that much weirder since some stores are "closed temporarily" with no indication they will ever open again. I'm sure many stores (as their parent companies) skipped rent when they were closed.


My long hope is still for a Trader Joe's, but I'll settle for Aldi at this point. Hopefully in a year or two for them. They seem to have solid plans for Pensacola, and with the two known stores in Baldwin County, expansion to Mobile should be a certainty soon.
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Old 07-27-2020, 10:29 PM
 
Location: East Mobile
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Default JCP/Belk

If this deal is approved, Bel Air and many malls in the region could potentially lose yet another anchor.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pr...lks-2020-07-27
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Old 07-30-2020, 05:03 PM
 
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Default Two vacant anchors ahead?

I was thinking about this too and this would leave two adjacent anchors vacant. But could it provide an additional opportunity for more redevelopment? I don’t anticipate another department store coming.
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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If this deal is approved, Bel Air and many malls in the region could potentially lose yet another anchor.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pr...lks-2020-07-27
JC Penney isn't going to survive anyway. There's not been one here for several years. Nor has there been a Sears store.
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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If it is, then Mobile needs to try harder. That’s not a true upscale shopping center like the Summit or Bridge Street. That is what... maybe 10 stores? I comment on the Birmingham and Huntsville forums as well. Mainly because I’m a huge Alabama homer and want to see ALL 3 of Alabama’s major cities prosper. The Mobile/Baldwin market needs a Macy’s, Trader Joe’s, Apple Store, Cheesecake Factory, Tory Burch.. you catch my drift. Go to the website of any upscale mall/shopping center in the country and you’ll see the usual list of stores. Savannah, GA and a few other metros smaller than Mobile have these stores. Mobile has to start working now to position itself as the anchor city of the Mobile/Baldwin/Pensacola metro that will exist in a few decades (if Baldwin county keeps growing at its current rate, more and more rural areas in Baldwin will become subdivisions and this will happen).
It's hard to believe that Mobile doesn't have an Apple store. The area is certainly big enough. There's even one in Jackson, MS, a smaller city (the metro may be a little larger but it encompasses 7 counties that cover many square miles, and Mobile only has 2 counties and Washington County isn't very large). The one here is always full of people.
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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It's hard to believe that Mobile doesn't have an Apple store. The area is certainly big enough. There's even one in Jackson, MS, a smaller city (the metro may be a little larger but it encompasses 7 counties that cover many square miles, and Mobile only has 2 counties and Washington County isn't very large). The one here is always full of people.
Agree. Jackson and Mobile seem to me to be peer cities when you factor in both city proper and metro area population, yet Jackson, through Highland Village and Renaissance at Colony Park, offers much more in terms of higher-end options than Mobile. I don't even think Huntsville offers as much in this area. Maybe Jackson punches above its class because its the be-all, end-all in Mississippi whereas Mobile is third in Alabama behind Birmingham and Huntsville. Maybe Mobile is hurt in this regard by its proximity to New Orleans and there is the assumption that people who live in the Alabama coastal counties will drive there for higher-end shopping. Trader Joe's and an Apple Store would be at the top of my get list if I were the movers and shakers in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Last edited by tmullen99; 08-13-2020 at 09:35 PM..
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Old 08-14-2020, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Agree. Jackson and Mobile seem to me to be peer cities when you factor in both city proper and metro area population, yet Jackson, through Highland Village and Renaissance at Colony Park, offers much more in terms of higher-end options than Mobile. I don't even think Huntsville offers as much in this area. Maybe Jackson punches above its class because its the be-all, end-all in Mississippi whereas Mobile is third in Alabama behind Birmingham and Huntsville. Maybe Mobile is hurt in this regard by its proximity to New Orleans and there is the assumption that people who live in the Alabama coastal counties will drive there for higher-end shopping. Trader Joe's and an Apple Store would be at the top of my get list if I were the movers and shakers in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

You are right a lot of people do drive to New Orleans and shop high end from Mobile and Baldwin. Outside of Foley I'm shocked that the Eaternshore area doesn't have any high end shopping.
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Old 08-14-2020, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Mobile, AL ( i
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Stein Mart is soon to have a closing sale as Stein Mart will be closing all stores after filing for Bankruptcy, which store should take over their room? Five Below or another arcade/sports bar that use serious social distancing guidelines,
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Old 08-15-2020, 10:32 PM
 
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Stein Mart is soon to have a closing sale as Stein Mart will be closing all stores after filing for Bankruptcy, which store should take over their room? Five Below or another arcade/sports bar that use serious social distancing guidelines,
The exit of Stein Mart should mean that it is prime time to get a Nordstrom Rack (the smaller discount, yet upscale, store concept for Nordstrom) in its spot, in combination with Whole Foods already being there, this will make PineBrook Shopping Center even more denominational and to attract other coveted restaurants/stores.
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