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Best Mall Makeover 

Great Northern

Corporate takeovers rarely go down with the grace of Westfield's acquisition of Great Northern. The mall, which for years had been slipping into a Southland-style aesthetic, has been fully revamped and oddly renamed: Westfield Shoppingtown: Great Northern. Westfield owns 64 malls -- oops, shoppingtowns -- in 14 states, so it's no wonder they know what they're doing. The new decor, all airy and light, makes the old mall seem like a converted hangar in comparison. But the shopping has gotten a facelift too -- mostly noticeably in the form of the newly expanded Dillard's, which is now practically a mall unto itself.

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