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A young girl chats with a virtual Santa on Welcome Santa.

A new set of video-chat companies are popping up for Santas and kids who aren’t going to the mall

As an alternative to the traditional mall Santa, a crop of new digital services and apps are offering virtual chats for children around the nation.
Santa Ed Taylor greeting holiday visitors.

Malls may be dying, but the retail Santa business is still thriving, and some retirees are becoming stars

The role of the modern mall Santa is evolving as rapidly as the retail landscape itself. Many Santas are finding work in alternative retail spaces.
The last decade has brought a lot of changes to the way we shop.

6 major ways that shopping has changed over the last decade, from the death of the mall to virtual dressing rooms

The rise of Amazon and e-commerce are just a few factors that have forced traditional retailers to change the way they function.

Billionaire activist Carl Icahn is reportedly betting on the death of the mall — and could make $400 million if things go his way

The investor's trade involves credit-default swaps tied to mall mortgages. The assets were made famous by Michael Lewis' novel "The Big Short."
Metro North Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri, closed in 2014, but the abandoned mall appears as if it's been deserted for decades.

35 haunting photos of abandoned shopping malls that highlight the impact of the retail apocalypse over the past decade

Thousands of stores have closed this year alone, and experts warn that the retail apocalypse is far from over.
Metro North Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri, closed in 2014, but the abandoned mall appears as if it's been deserted for decades.

35 haunting photos of abandoned shopping malls that highlight the impact of the retail apocalypse over the past decade

Thousands of stores have closed this year alone, and experts warn that the retail apocalypse is far from over.
The interior of the Mall of America on opening day in 1992.

The American Dream megamall is opening after more than 20 years of anticipation. Here’s what the Mall of America looked like when it opened 27 y...

The American Dream megamall opens Friday. Here's what the Mall of America looked like when it opened 27 years ago.
Food courts offer hungry shoppers and travelers myriad ways to nip their gnawing hunger in the bud.

These are the 11 classic food-court chains with the most locations in America

From Panda Express to Auntie Anne's to Baskin-Robbins, these are the 13 classic food-court chains with the most US locations.
I went to The Bravern, the most expensive mall in Bellevue and a Microsoft campus, to see what it's like to shop there.

This Seattle-area luxury mall caters to tech moguls and ultra-rich tourists. Here’s what it’s like to shop there.

I went shopping at The Shops at Bravern, a high-end shopping mall in one of the richest communities in America. Here's what it was like.
I went to The Bravern, the most expensive mall in Bellevue and a Microsoft campus, to see what it's like to shop there.

This Seattle-area luxury mall caters to tech moguls and ultra-rich tourists. Here’s what it’s like to shop there.

I went shopping at The Shops at Bravern, a high-end shopping mall in one of the richest communities in America. Here's what it was like.