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The Chicago Tribune reports that as Amazon looks for a second headquarters location around the country, real estate developers are suggesting that there are a lot of places offering the kind of space that Amazon can use.

Shopping malls. You know, the very places that Amazon has helped make irrelevant and, in some cases, obsolete.

According to the paper, “Shopping malls can be massive, big enough on their own to meet the space requirements Amazon laid out for its second home. They also tend to be located within reach of the highways, population centers and airports that Amazon mentioned in its wish list of characteristics for what it calls HQ2.

“Another advantage: easy availability. Increasingly, malls are vacant.”
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