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SHOPPING MALLS ON A DIET? Recession Means Subtle, and Some Not-So-Subtle, Cost Savings!

ECONOMIC DOWNTURN MAY HAVE SOME MALLS SCALING BACK THIS YEAR!

Shortened Shopping Hours!  Lower Temperatures!  Fewer Seasonal Plants Outside!  Energy-Efficient Lighting!  Even Scaled- Back Christmas Decorations!

In a bid to trim expenses in the face of one of the toughest recessions to hit the U.S. in years, several Chicago Shopping Mall Operators are cost cutting to the bone, but in a way that won't necessarily be noticed. 

According to Chicago Tribune Reporter Lauren R. Harrison, in her story from the February 28th edition of the paper, the Yorktown Center, in the Western Chicago Suburb of Lombard IL, is looking at reducing Christmas Decorations for late 2009 - perhaps decorating every other pole, rather than every one.  At Northbrook Court, in Northbrook IL, just north of Chicago, managers are using more energy-efficient light bulbs, and turning down the thermostat in away-from-the-public service corridors.

The Westfield Malls - which include Old Orchard Mall in Skokie IL, the Lincolnwood Town Center in Lincolnwood, and Hawthorn Center in North Suburban Vernon Hills IL - trimmed its Sunday store hours beginning last week.  Now, on Sundays, stores will open 30 minutes later, and close 30 minutes sooner, during the non-holiday season.

On the Southwest Side of Chicago, the Ford City Mall is turning on its dozen or so escalators closer to mall opening time.  At the Shops at North Bridge along Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile in Chicago, special timers turn off lights in workrooms within five minutes of a room being unoccupied.

A reaction to a slowed economy?  Following the trend toward Green?  Perhaps just a good business decision!

And one which just might stick, after the economy begins to turn around.  Yes?

DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 9:47 PM by Dean's Team

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