GREENDALE — Amazon is in talks with Greendale's Southridge Mall owner about possibly taking over some department store space, a report by the Milwaukee Business Journal said.
The mall, owned by Simon Property Group Inc., is being eyed by the company as a possible space for an Amazon distribution hub. The talks, according to MBJ, centered on the currently occupied J.C. Penney and Sears stores.
The J.C. Penney in Southridge Mall remains open and was not listed among those the department store chain said would be closing. The Sears space, MBJ said, is occupied by Dick's Sporting Goods and a Round1 entertainment and bowling center.
The Business Journal said if the talks continue and Amazon takes over those spaces, fulfillment centers wouldn't drive shoppers to the mall, but instead place Amazon employees in the mall and give Simon a tenant during a stressful economic time.