APP EXTRA: Developer talks about fate of Foothills Mall - Tucson News Now

APP EXTRA: Developer talks about fate of Foothills Mall

A 2009 photo showing empty stores at the El Con Mall in Tucson. (Source: Acc78 / Wikimedia Commons) A 2009 photo showing empty stores at the El Con Mall in Tucson. (Source: Acc78 / Wikimedia Commons)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In five years, at least 20 percent of the malls in the United States will likely close.

One shopper we talked to said she isn't looking forward to a future without malls.

"I dread it. I have to feel it before I buy it," she said. "You don't know if it's too small, too thin, you don't know if it's really what you're looking for. To buy this online I'd never know if it fits correctly, who knows who made it, where it's made, what the sizes are."

Online shopping and changing habits are two of the biggest reasons stores are closing and malls are failing.

"Retail's gotten hit particularly hard this year," said George Larsen, who has owned and developed malls and shopping centers for the past 35 years. "There have been lots of store closures, no question about it."

Larsen's company redeveloped the Bear Canyon Shopping Center on Tanque Verde near Catalina Highway.

It's currently filled to capacity and he said this is the mall of the future.

"The properties we're walking through are all Amazon-proof," he said. "This entire shopping center has only one store that sells stuff. Everyone else is restaurant, medical or service provider."

Larsen said the Foothills Mall in Tucson will see the same fate.

Read more about the death of the mall HERE.

MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices.

Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Officer-involved shooting leaves 1 dead on eastside

    Officer-involved shooting leaves 1 dead on eastside

    Thursday, October 19 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-10-19 11:57:11 GMT

    A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Tucson's eastside, according to Tucson police. Officers responded to a parking lot near Pontano and Wrightstown after a reported shooting at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 18, according to TPD. OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING: Video of the scene. Still very dark but a lot of officers & detectives here. 1 suspect dead. @TucsonNewsNow pic.twitter.com/82OYfWbHv8 — Vicki Karr (@vickikarrnews) October 19, 2017 Police said ...

    A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Tucson's eastside, according to Tucson police. Officers responded to a parking lot near Pontano and Wrightstown after a reported shooting at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 18, according to TPD. OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING: Video of the scene. Still very dark but a lot of officers & detectives here. 1 suspect dead. @TucsonNewsNow pic.twitter.com/82OYfWbHv8 — Vicki Karr (@vickikarrnews) October 19, 2017 Police said ...

  • Repair shop manager arrested, facing fraud & theft charges

    Repair shop manager arrested, facing fraud & theft charges

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 11:59 PM EDT2017-10-19 03:59:43 GMT
    Raymond Collins (Source: Tucson Police Department)Raymond Collins (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    Tucson police told Tucson News Now that Raymond Collins, a manager at the Midas at Speedway and Craycroft made false warranty claims, from October 2014 to April 2016, totaling $7,900.

    Tucson police told Tucson News Now that Raymond Collins, a manager at the Midas at Speedway and Craycroft made false warranty claims, from October 2014 to April 2016, totaling $7,900.

  • Code change approved that would let county residents keep chickens

    Code change approved that would let county residents keep chickens

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 11:49 PM EDT2017-10-19 03:49:50 GMT
    (Source: Pablo/Buffer)(Source: Pablo/Buffer)

    The changes allow for up to eight female chickens on single-family dwelling lots or manufactured home lots 6,000 square feet or larger. 

    The changes allow for up to eight female chickens on single-family dwelling lots or manufactured home lots 6,000 square feet or larger. 

Powered by Frankly