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America's 10 most valuable malls are bringing in billions in sales. Here's where they are

Shoppers walk through the Easton Town Center Mall in Columbus, Ohio.
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The U.S. retail landscape has its fair share of underperforming, out-of-date properties, but the highest-quality malls are still attracting shoppers in droves, raking in more than $1,000 per square foot, well above the industry's average.

According to boutique research firm Boenning & Scattergood, the 20 most valuable malls in America that are owned by real estate investment trusts bring in roughly $21 billion in retail sales annually.

So-called A malls owned by the likes of Simon Property Group, General Growth Properties, Macerich and Westfield have little to no vacancy today, thanks to those landlords and leasing agents being quick to sign deals with new tenants as department stores and specialty apparel retailers flee.

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Spread across the U.S., from Hawaii to Las Vegas to New Jersey, America's best malls often include food halls curated with local eateries, rotating pop-up exhibits to house e-commerce brands, popular off-price retailers, grocers and experiential venues.

Industry experts are watching to see how this list evolves over the next few years, with countless massive mall redevelopments underway, including Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's Fashion District project in the heart of Philadelphia. "We hope that investors get a more granular understanding of the inherent value in the mall sector," Boenning & Scattergood analyst Floris van Dijkum said.

Here are the most valuable REIT-owned malls in the country, based on an asset's value, according to Boenning & Scattergood.

10. Roosevelt Field Mall

People are seen walking through Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Garden City, N.Y.
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Total asset value: $2.41 billion
Sales per square foot:
$968
Location: Garden City, New York
Owner: Simon Property Group

9. Westfield Garden State Plaza

Shoppers walk through the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J.
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Total asset value: $2.71 billion
Sales per square foot:
$950
Location: Paramus, New Jersey
Owner: Westfield

8. King of Prussia Mall

Shoppers carry bags outside the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
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Total asset value: $2.77 billion
Sales per square foot:
$773
Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Owner: Simon Property Group

7. Forum Shops at Caesars

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Total asset value: $2.79 billion
Sales per square foot:
$1,616
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Owner: Simon Property Group

6. Tysons Corner Center

Shoppers at Tyson's Corner Mall in Tyson Corner, Virginia
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Total asset value: $2.92 billion
Sales per square foot:
$980
Location: McLean, Virginia
Owner: Macerich

5. Fashion Show

Source: Fashion Show

Total asset value: $3.06 billion
Sales per square foot:
$975
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Owner: General Growth Properties

4. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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Total asset value: $3.2 billion
Sales per square foot:
$1,624
Location: Central Valley, New York
Owner: Simon Property Group

3. Oakbrook Center

The Container Store in Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL.
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Total asset value: $3.5 billion
Sales per square foot:
$911
Location: Oak Brook, Illinois
Owner: General Growth Properties

2. Sawgrass Mills

Patrons leave a life-size house, 'Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience,' at Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Florida.
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Total asset value: $4.1 billion
Sales per square foot:
$1,149
Location: Sunrise, Florida
Owner: Simon Property Group

1. Ala Moana Center

A high school band performing on stage at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jeffrey Greenberg | UIG | Getty Images

Total asset value: $5.74 billion
Sales per square foot:
$1,450
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Owner: General Growth Properties