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Photos: Anchorage shopping malls buck national trend toward decline

The Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall is a large retail complex in downtown Anchorage. Photograhed on Friday, August 22, 2014.
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A store for clothing retailer H&M is under construction in the Dimond Center on Friday, August 22, 2014.
Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News
Interior of the Sears Mall in Midtown Anchorage on Friday, August 22, 2014.
Marc Lester / Alaska Dispatch News
Marc Lester

In Alaska's largest city, many brick-and-mortar indoor malls are outperforming their Lower 48 counterparts. And new mall formats -- especially the more modern and increasingly common outdoor mall concept -- are springing up across Southcentral Alaska as well, spurred on by the emergence of national brands in the Anchorage market and a relatively stable economy.

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