Mall operator Simon Property Group Inc. has been in talks with Inc. to turn some empty store space formerly occupied by anchor tenants such as J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. into Amazon fulfillment centers, Dow Jones reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

In Michigan, Simon Property Group controls Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, and Birch Run Premium Outlets in Birch Run. The company is also partnering with Brookfield Property Partners LP to jointly bid for J.C. Penney, which has multiple Michigan properties