Amazon could breathe new life into America's abandoned malls

Amazon may have found an opportunity for America's long-since abandoned shopping malls, The Motley Fool reports.

The Internet retail giant's "Fulfillment by Amazon" program allows third-party sellers to list their products on Amazon's site and use their distribution centers to ship those goods. In order to facilitate the latter, Amazon has begun constructing "fulfillment centers" across the U.S. The company has 105 existing such facilities, with 35 more planned. 

An 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center is being installed on the grounds of the now-demolished Randall Park Mall in North Randall, Ohio. 

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The location is interesting because of its strategic importance, Brian Withers writes. It has an incredibly large footprint, and its location allows easy access to major roadways for faster shipping. Amazon will reportedly spend $177 million on the Ohio project.

Around 400 malls in the U.S. have shuttered, and it's possible that Amazon may look to convert these areas according to their new program.

See the evolution of Houston's shopping malls in the gallery above.