ENFIELD, Conn. — It may have been Amazon deadline day for city planners all over America, but at the far end of the fading Enfield Square Mall, near the blank space where Macy’s used to be, it was just another quiet Thursday afternoon in the Hair in the Square salon.
With no customers at the moment, Cindy Graham, a 54-year-old stylist and entrepreneur with a purple streak in her hair, and her drowsy English bulldog, Phoebe, shared a chair and streamed a movie — “The Beguiled,’’ a Civil War drama of love and betrayal.
The mall lost its Sears recently, too, and JC Penney is long gone. The loss of the anchor stores spurred a cascade of smaller store closings. It’s a scene repeating itself in dying suburban malls around the country, a sweeping economic disruption known as the Amazon effect.