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Bell tolls for many lower-end US shopping malls

Locale, glut of stores, changing shopping habits and demographics cited as factors for their demise

Owings Mills, Maryland

INSIDE the gleaming mall here on the Sunday before Christmas, just one thing was missing: shoppers.

The upbeat music of "Jingle Bell Rock" bounced off the tiles and the smell of teriyaki chicken drifted from the food court, but only a handful of stores were