Sue Alpers calls herself “basically a city girl” even though she has lived around Derry for more than 20 years.

But she feels she will get closer to city living next year, when she plans to move into the new apartments at Woodmont Commons in Londonderry, a massive development that will feature stores, residences, restaurants and the 603 Brewery.

“I like the whole concept of what’s going to happen eventually,” said Alpers, who now lives in a Derry townhouse.

Today, developers and mall operators are mixing more non-retail uses in space once dedicated to stores.

“They’re really trying to engage with people, give them experiences,” said John Sokul Jr., a partner

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