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Malls look toward rocky future following pandemic



PITTSBURGH — America’s once-dazzling shopping industry is facing blow after blow as department stores anchoring malls across the country file for bankruptcy, a move that could leave already struggling shopping malls permanently in the dark. Sales have plummeted as stores have been closed for months to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Facing the grim reality of empty storefronts and late or nonexistent rent payments, many malls could be forced to explore a new future focused on entertainment.

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