From Nordstrom To Restaurants, The Plaza’s Plan To Survive ‘Retail Apocalypse’ In Kansas City

by MR Magazine Staff

As the Country Club Plaza celebrates 95 years in business this year, its current owners face a daunting task: How to keep the historic and iconic outdoor mall thriving during an era of mall decline? When Taubman Centers Inc. and the Macerich Co. bought the Plaza in early 2016 for $660 million, they hinted at a few possibilities: bringing some first-to-market tenants to the shopping center while also striking a balance between upscale and mid-range, national and local retailers. Two and half years later, it seems the strategy is coming to fruition. And none too soon — a May Business Insider story noted that U.S. mall vacancies hit a six-year high in the first quarter of 2018. Read more at The Kansas City Star.