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It does seem that malls are on the way out, and the pandemic has hastened that transition. The strip mall seems to be doing well. By definition they are sets of stores in a row, with a sidewalk or pavement in front. In Canada (and the US) they are often accompanied by an ‘anchor’ store, or a ‘big box’ store, like a Walmart, Canadian Tire, or a Cineplex movie chain. Many of these are in the suburbs where land square footage is a bit cheaper.

I could be wrong (it’s happened from time to time), of course, and perhaps malls will undergo a renaissance. Not really sure what that will look like, though.