An enclosed or non-enclosed shopping facility with a high vacancy rate. Typically redeveloped into other uses, commonly a Wal-Mart Supercenter-anchored plaza.
That dead mall was torn down in 2003 to make way for a new Wal-Mart.
by neurodistortion August 1, 2006
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An enclosed or open-air shopping center with a high vacancy rate, most likely completely shut down. If not shut down, the mall's main anchors must be hanging on for dear life. Dead malls are usually torn down to make way for a lifestyle center.
Brenda: "Hey Harold, the Urbantown Center mall's main anchors just shut down! I wonder what'll happen now since its a dead mall!"

Harold: "As I said, it'll be run over by a nasty lifestyle center."
by zRxvr March 28, 2022
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