An October 12, 2013 article on the Winston-Salem Journal website discusses the disrepair that befalls the region’s local malls. The rising popularity of lifestyle malls is quickly putting traditional malls and shopping centers out of the picture. These older establishments are now being forced to evolve or lose completely to the competition; the article traces the development of one such mall:
The Eden Mall had long been a ghost of its former self when Jonathan Wise bought it in July. There was roof damage, the property was in need of a paint job and the parking lot was in poor shape.
And Wise said only 11 out of 43 spaces inside the mall were occupied. Most of those were leased not by national chain stores, but local business owners.
While Wise wants to keep and even add some local businesses to the mall, he has something different in mind for about a third of the property: convert it into a flea market selling everything from candles to clothing
A commercial establishment’s facade is crucial to attracting more customers to a business. Naturally, business owners like you can’t just leave a store or mall in a state of ruin because nobody wants to come to a wreck of an establishment. The roof of a commercial space, in particular, will need constant maintenance and repair from capable roofing companies in Columbia, SC.
Commercial roofing is different from residential roofing, especially in terms of size. As stores, restaurants, and other establishments take up more space than regular houses, their roofs tend to be just as large and exposed to the elements. Poor upkeep of commercial roofing can lead to major damage that can potentially endanger the integrity of a building, especially if a severely weakened roof eventually collapses right through the ceiling.
Regular care is required to preserve commercial roofing for as long as possible. Fortunately, certain roofing companies in Charleston, SC, like CMS Roofing, provide roof maintenance programs for businesses. With such a program, contractors can be tasked to inspect and clean a roof every year and seal or repair any cracks found.
(Info from For some local malls, it’s either reinvent or become obsolete, Winston-Salem Journal, October 12, 2013)