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The last few days brought news that Amazon is negotiating with mall company Simon to put fulfillment centers in empty former Sears and JC Penney locations.  There also was a report that retailers ranging from Shake Shack to Sears were looking at empty stores as being an opportunity to expand their footprints at a fraction of the price that such moves would've cost just a few months ago.  This suggests an additional strategic opening for many retailers ... and KC is all over it, pushing for more retailers to make unconventional moves appropriate for extraordinary times.