The Native Realty CEO was featured in Local10 reporter Sanela Sabovic’s piece about how malls are struggling during the pandemic, but mom-and-pop retailers are experiencing an increase in activity. Sturgis was interviewed about the trend in Native’s Flagler Village office.

While shopping malls struggle during coronavirus pandemic, local businesses seeing uptick in customers

“I think there’s been a shift in preference where people no longer want to be inside these big, dungeonous closed malls all day”

So where are South Floridians getting their merchandise? Jaime Sturgis, CEO of Native Realty, said people have been focusing on supporting mom and pop stores.

“I think they are going to adaptively repurpose those big boxes and rethink,” said Sturgis. “The old model doesn’t work anymore.

“People want to support local more so than the big H&M’s of the world and the Zara’s etc. I think there’s been a shift in preference where people no longer want to be inside these big, dungeonous closed malls all day. They’d rather be outside, enjoy some fresh air and natural light and be able to walk from one location to the next.”

Click here to watch the Local10 piece.