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The Sears Bankruptcy Is Likely to Inflict Pain on Mall Owners for Years

  • Filing highlights the difficult task of re-leasing space
  • Investors in mall REITs have priced in retailer’s struggles
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Sears Files for Bankruptcy
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As Sears Holdings Corp. goes through bankruptcy, retail landlords wondering how they could be impacted might want to look at a 2015 deal.

Mall owner Macerich Co. struck a agreement that year with the struggling department-store operator to redevelop a 300,000 square-foot store at Kings Plaza Shopping Center, a high-traffic mall in Brooklyn, New York. Three years and $100 million later, Macerich finished work on the space, which has been subdivided and leased to Burlington, J.C. Penney, Primark and Zara.