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CTNJ/Opinion: A mall on the brink in Enfield

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

It’s a quiet suburban tragedy: the small shopping mall at the heart of my town is slowly dying. The same thing is happening to malls all across the country.

A decade ago, the Enfield Square Mall seemed like it was in pretty good shape. It had a Target, a Sears, a movie theater, a Macy’s, and a Macy’s Home Store. Sure, J.C. Penney’s had left, but the Macy’s had simply expanded to fill that slot, so it was fine. Then the Great Recession hit, and the big retail giants slowly began to sink. The past two years saw a cascade of closings. First, Macy’s pulled their stores out. Longtime tenants like Radio Shack and Ruby Tuesday shuttered. And then, in the coup de grâce, a badly wounded Sears closed stores nationwide, including the one in Enfield, in early 2017.

That left the mall with two remaining anchors: the movie theater and the Target. That was it. Suddenly people in town were hit with the cold realization that this mall wasn’t going to last.

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