There’s no question the rise of e-commerce giants like Amazon.com, Inc.
Shoppers will likely always enjoy the hands-on experience of browsing through the stores at the mall, trying on clothes and testing out products. In that sense, malls will likely always have a future. However, with so many companies feeling the e-commerce heat, stock picking has become critical.
Mall retailers like J C Penney Company Inc
Other mall retailers like Aeropostale, Pacific Sunwear, American Apparel and Wet Seal have even succumbed
For investors that aren’t too keen on picking winners and losers, another option is to invest in mall real estate via REITs. Unfortunately, there have been clear winners and losers in that space as well.
In the past three years, mall REITs Regency Centers Corp
Unfortunately, as long as the dynamic of the shopping mall business continues to change, there will continue to be plenty of big winners and big losers among both mall stocks and mall REITs. Investors dipping their toes into the space should make sure to choose wisely.
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