Vacant stores, empty restaurants and desolate parking lots—that’s the fate that has befallen many older shopping malls in suburban areas that have been eclipsed by the advent of “lifestyle centers,” often resembling idyllic, small downtowns, with attractive streetscapes and ample, convenient parking.Increasingly, the bleakness at older malls is giving way to lifestyle makeovers as developers give properties face-lifts to make them competitive again with the help of full-service restaurants ...

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