How Do You Shop? The Impact of Changing Retail Preferences on Malls, Plazas, and Downtowns

Feb 27, 2018

Some malls are struggling to survive, along with their "anchor" department stores. But Americans still want to shop: they're just doing it differently: on-line, downtown, certain big-box stores, outlet centers, and mixed-use developments.  We examine these retails trends here in New Hampshire.


  • John Sokul - Partner at the law firm of Hinckley Allen, where he focuses on commercial real estate, zoning, and land use. 
  • Josh Levy - Principal for Waterstone Properties Group, a real estate development company with properties in New Hampshire, around New England, and around the Eastern U.S.
  • Carlos Baia -  Deputy City Manager of Development for the City of Concord. 
  • Tim Cummings - Director of Economic Development for the City of Nashua. 

Related Reading:

 "As Steeplegate Mall struggles, other nearby retailers thrive," from the Concord Monitor. 

"Report: Toys 'R' Us to close another 200 stores," from WMUR. 

"What in the world is causing the retail meltdown of 2017?" from the Atlantic. 

"This Is What The Retail Industry Is Talking About Now," from Forbes.