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Owned by Brookfield Property Partners and managed by Brookfield Properties, the mall opened at a time when the so-called brick-and-mortar “retail apocalypse” had yet to feel the COVID brunt. According to research firm Reis, shopping center vacancies at the end of 2019 were their highest in 20 years, at 9.7%.
Bridgeport’s Lecoq Cuisine Corp. has laid off 181 workers. “Although this action may be temporary, given the uncertainty created by this pandemic, this separation may be permanent,” according to Chief People Officer Laura Brown.
The company expects to open a Bloomingdale's in the megamall in the fall of 2019.