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Restaurant Chains Exiting Malls

Some malls are pushing out national restaurant chains to focus more on local and regional brands, while some traditional food court brands are looking to go elsewhere as mall development slows. Thus, several restaurant chains that once looked to food courts exclusively are finding new opportunities outside the mall. Rosemead, Calif.-based Panda Express, a 1,500-unit chain, now has only about 230 mall locations. "Our focus remains on obtaining quality locations in the right trade areas, whether it’s in a mall or street store,” a spokesperson said.

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