Downtown Concierge

The Mall of the Future Will Have No Stores

Esther Fung

June 12, 2017 8:00 a.m.

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When Starwood Capital Group LLC bought Fairlane Town Center in 2014, the investment firm had a lot of work to do.

The Dearborn, Mich., mall was only 72% leased, and among the vacant space was a sprawling former anchor store.

A chance call to Ford Motor Co. to sell some mall advertising turned out to be a game changer…

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