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Amazon could move into mall anchor spaces

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in discussions with Simon Property Group to use Sears or J.C. Penney mall anchor space. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

While the pandemic may have catalyzed the ongoing decline and erasure of America’s big-box mall stores, Amazon is looking to fill the cavernous, once-bustling storefronts left behind.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in discussions with Simon Property Group to use Sears or J.C. Penney mall anchor space. Simon operates 14 malls and shopping centers in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Business Journal.

Amazon had its best quarter, the Wall Street Journal reported. Meanwhile, Sears and J.C. Penney filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Nationally, Simon properties include 63 J.C. Penney and 11 Sears stores.

Amazon would use the space for distribution, the Business Journal  said. Five of the 14 Simon properties in Massachusetts have one of these large retail spaces: Square One Mall in Saugus, Peabody’s Northshore Mall, Emerald Square in North Attleborough, South Shore Plaza in Braintree, and Marlborough’s Solomon Pond Mall.

This would be the latest in multiple Amazon expansions in Massachusetts. The company turned the former Necco candy factory in Revere into a delivery center, which opened last month. The company also has plans to turn a 96,000-square-foot warehouse near the border of Dorchester and South Boston, formerly operated by Blue Cross Blue Shield, into a place where orders would go just prior to delivery in a number of Boston neighborhoods.

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