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First Green Mall Opens in 2008 in Chicago

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The first retail mall in the U.S. dedicated to green and socially responsible businesses—Green Exchange—will open in Chicago early in 2008.

The 250,000-square-feet building will hold about 100 vendors. And not just retail outfits. Besides Consolidated Printing, Green Exchange will house an organic restaurant and café, a sustainable furniture store, a green building supply company, an eco-friendly printer, architects and designers focused on sustainability, an environmentally-friendly clothing company, a car-sharing service, a bike shop, and more.

Since the building will only be open to tenants who are doing some kind of ecologically responsible business, the potential pool is smaller than normal. But therein lies the project's uniqueness. "Our biggest challenge is finding the tenant mix, but that will also be what will make it fantastic," says David Baum, co-owner of the development company.

If successful, the idea of a green mall could soon spread to other cities.

SOURCE: http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/mar2007/sb20070322_591115.htm



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