Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy legitimate retail locations located in malls in order to create fulfillment centers across the country, showing Amazon may have bigger plans in mind for how it plans to expand.

Amazon is reportedly in talks with Simon Property Group, America’s biggest mall owner, to take empty retail spaces — like closed J.C. Penney and Sears stores — and change them into fulfillment center for Amazon. These locations would, in theory, process and ship orders from online, according to The Wall Street Journal.

This would give Amazon the chance to occupy those closed down stores. It helps even more than Simon plans to acquire J.C. Penney, which will give Amazon an even bigger control over the space.

Taking control of those retail spaces will give Amazon a chance to have fulfillment centers all across the country, offering an expansion opportunity for the company. And it would give Amazon a chance to have representation in multiple cities across the country.

An Amazon representative told Business Insider the company would not comment on “rumors or speculation.”

Neil Saunders, managing director of consultancy GlobalData Retail, told USA Today that Simon will look to fill those vacant spots with Amazon, too. And that doing so would be a good move since it will be hard to find others to fill the spot.

“It will be particularly hard to find new tenants for the large spaces once occupied by department stores,” he said.

“Some of the alternative uses that were once floated, like gyms, are no longer feasible in the short term. This means that warehouse and fulfillment centers are an increasingly appealing option,” Saunders told USA Today. “However, inviting Amazon in is, in some ways, giving more power to a rival, so there will be debate about whether this is the right thing to do. The fact Simon is considering it underlines the fact that they are in a difficult position.”

Amazon has been rumored to buy J.C. Penney, which I wrote about for