Mall turns to dogs to attract shoppers

Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois allows customers to shop with dogs

As the retail ice age lingers in America’s shopping centers, one mall is barking up a different tree to lure more shoppers.

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Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, allows customers to shop with dogs. It was recently named the “No. 1 coolest pet-friendly mall in the country” by BringFido.com.

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The mall allows shoppers to take their furry friends inside 58 stores marked with a paw print sticker and has numerous comfort stations with bags, wipes and garbage cans. They are also in the process of building a dog lounge.

One shopper told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock that it’s a great idea, especially during the cold months.

“I think it's great that they're doing this in the wintertime for us here and the dogs can meet up and have a nice walk,” she said.

However, the shopping center also has strict rules in case of accidents. Dogs must be taken outdoors for bathroom needs, according to the Yorktown Center website.

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