For years prior to the pandemic, shopping centers were facing massive closures as online retail reigns king. But now, as companies from all corners of the workforce are moving to remote working positions, malls have found new ways to fill in vacant space and boost revenue to surrounding businesses.
For instance, the Orange Park Mall in Florida adjusted its services to keep people safe, without sacrificing daily pleasures like drive-in movies, fitness classes and more.
Now, the mall has opened a new coworking space for professionals who need a convenient workspace on flexible terms. The space, called The Hub by The Nest Coworking, is set up in the middle of a hallway.
“A lot of businesses are closing down right now so we’re out here trying to do some marketing to keep our doors open,” said Antoinette Nea, founder of We Insure. “I’m hoping that it will help. Getting the word out that small businesses are still out here trying to do business in the community.”