Epic Makeover: As Mall Owners Get Creative, They Lay Out Welcome Mats To The Unexpected

On the gravesite of a Foot Locker, the Aeronauts are descending. In January, Epic Games, maker of the Fortnite video game franchise, announced that it is acquiring a 980,000-square-foot mall in Cary, North Carolina, which it will refashion as its new headquarters by 2024. Goodbye to the racks of khakis. Hello to the coders dressed in, well, khakis. Epic, founded and run by its billionaire CEO Tim Sweeney is a fast-moving game maker that’s soaring on the coattails of Fortnite’s global domination and the success of its Unreal Engine, a platform for creating cutting-edge visuals. In 2018 it was valued at $15 billion, which leapt to $17.3 billion last summer. The company has more than 50 offices across the globe. Epic shelled out $95 million for the Cary Towne Center, which once housed a Bath & Body Works, Hot Topic and Talbots, and sits just eight minutes from its current HQ, which is four times smaller. Click to read more at www.forbes.com.