Mall Stall: A special web series examining the Berkshire Mall owner’s troubled retail empire

 Larry Parnass is on a weeklong reporting trip for The Eagle through the Midwest, where he is visiting the tattered portfolio of properties owned or associated with the Kohan Retail Investment Group, owner of the Berkshire Mall. His regular dispatches will appear on the paper's website through mid-June. Parnass, the paper's investigations editor, says the point of the "Mall Stall" series is to probe what happens in communities when Kohan-controlled malls fail, and to document what comes after.

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Mall Stall dispatches

As Kohan buys more malls, tenants live in limbo

Wayne Riniker knew his employer was in trouble — and had been since paying too much for this mall on a rise west of the Mississippi River.

A mall ‘save’ advances in ‘River City’ MASON CITY, Iowa — Two decades ago, Jean Thompson left her hometown here in north-central Iowa for a new life in Texas. A tragedy brought her back.
‘I’m not playing games any more’ … One tenant’s all-out battle with a Kohan-linked mall BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Four glowing words pierce the Michigan dusk. “Like us on Facebook.” But at the Orchards Mall, traffic cones block a main entrance, sending a …
A clean slate at former mall site, but for what? They came. They conversed. They clicked. Not their heels, like Dorothy in that movie, but with the same hope.
Where a Kohan-owned mall went to ground I was taking one last look across the 100-acre moonscape of the former Woodville Mall, not quite obeying no-trespassing signs, when a blue pickup pulled up beside my car.
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LANESBOROUGH — Though he is routinely late paying taxes, the Berkshire Mall's owner will be treated like anyone in arrears, town officials say.And so on Monday, a "courtesy notice" was being … more
Photos: The Berkshire Mall though the Years

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