The Downfall of Bridgewater Commons

Bill Le

It has been no surprise that technology has taken over the US in all fields including the way we shop. This is great for companies like Amazon which are worth trillions of dollars, but for brick and mortar stores, this is an absolute catastrophe. Over the last few years, many companies have gone bankrupt due to this and this means one thing: the death of shopping malls. 

This isn’t just a made-up thing; the death of shopping malls is usually associated with the “retail apocalypse.”  A 2017 report by Credit Suisse predicted that 1 in 4 malls would close by 2022. That same report also states there are an estimated 1,200 abandoned malls either left to rot, turned into a warehouse fulfillment center, or something similar. More than 12,200 major retail store locations permanently closed in 2020 or 159 million square feet of emptied retail space. This shows the severity of the situation and Bridgewater Commons is getting ever closer to it.

The mall has been slowly losing its tenets as well as anchor stores. In the span of 2 years Forever 21 (Riley Rose), Hanna Anderson, GameStop, Lord & Taylor, Disney Store, Uniqlo, Starbucks, Aldo, Crate and Barrel, J.Jill, and a few lesser-known stores had closed their doors either permanently or temporarily in the past decade. The mall has never been more vacant and it’s ever more apparent if you go there, especially the Lower Floor. The future for the mall is not looking bright and we can potentially expect a closing for the 900,000 sq ft property in the next decade or so.