25-30 years ago, it seemed like every indoor mall had some sort of coin/hobby shop in it. I'm not an economist, but I'm assuming that high mall rents and low margins made that business plan disappear.
I made a rare trip into the mall this past weekend. A lot of storefronts were filled with window-dressing, ping-pong tables, and "placeholders".
Now that storefront supply is high (and rents are lower???), could we see the return of the mall hobby shop?