The mall of the future will have more in common with Disneyland than Roosevelt Field, according to a study prescribing that retail real estate must be in the business of helping people accumulate experiences, not merchandise.
Whether or not A.T. Kearney’s clunky rubric for the new mall —
“consumer experience space,” or CES — takes root, the consulting firm’s
premise is on solid ground: The Millennials and Generation Z-ers who
will comprise the bulk of shoppers in the near future will have less
disposable income, more proclivity to share possessions, and greater
desire for experiences than mall shoppers of the past.. . . more