Retailers Ready to Quit Malls
More than 350 retailers are threatening to down shutters in malls if their demands for rent-waivers and new rental agreements are not met.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, malls are seeing a lower footfall than before as consumers would want to avoid crowds, and move further towards online platforms. This is making retailers anxious about the near-term sales from these outlets in malls.
Retailers have been demanding mall ownersto adopt a revenue-sharing model for three months, followed by a combination of revenue-sharing and minimum guarantee for the subsequent period of six months. Through industry associations, retailers and mall owners have also been requesting the government to allow shopping malls to restart operations.