(Sept 2): Retailers appear to be exiting local shopping malls in droves, but the impact on the real estate investment trusts is probably limited. First, Giant hypermarket exited VivoCity earlier this year. Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) said in its 4QFY2019 (it has a March year-end) results announcement that it would be changing hypermarket operators at the mall. Giant would be replaced by Fairprice Xtra. Giant also exited Turf City in early August, to be replaced by HAOmart, and Giant at 10 Mile Junction was replaced by Sheng Siong. Elsewhere, Giant is a mini-anchor tenant at IMM, which belongs to CapitaLand Mall Trust (CMT), and at Suntec City, part of Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust

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