Mahoning Valley Malls Make Way for New Local Business

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Traditionally, area shopping malls are known for national chain stores and large retailers. As these companies navigate headwinds forced by changing consumer habits such as online shopping, local merchants see more opportunities to establish storefronts in malls as these indoor complexes shift to a more community-oriented business model. “Local shops do quite well,” says Joe Bell, spokesman for Cafaro Co., which owns the Eastwood Mall in Niles. “Their whole secret i

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