It’s a warm Thursday afternoon at the Glendale Galleria northeast of Los Angeles, and the mall is packed.
“We see more visitors than Disneyland,” said General Manager Brent Gardner.
An estimated 18 million people visited Disneyland last year. Gardner said the Galleria brought in 30 million.
As online shopping surges and traditional mall retailers close thousands of stores, some malls are going away. Up to a quarter of the country’s roughly 1,200 shopping malls will close within the next five years, according to a report out last week from Credit Suisse.