The traditional mid-range malls out there (your Northlakes and your Carolina Places) really need to be proactive and figure out what their identities are going to be in the "post mall/department store" era. With the exception of ultra luxury shopping centers, which I feel most mid size and larger cities can maintain at least one, the traditional mall concept is dead and isn't coming back.
Condense your remaining tenants to half the indoor space and tear down the empty half. Build an outdoor portion with a strong sense of place that people will want to stroll around after a dinner. This area can have some soft goods retail mixed in with restaurants and entertainment such as bars, billiards, a small bowling alley, and unique activity spots like Puttshack in Atlanta (look it up it's really cool), outdoor stages for live music, etc. Now you still have a smaller and more manageable indoor shopping area adjacent a small and manageable stroll district with cafes and the like.
For God sakes reduce the parking lots. Those asphalt wastelands are almost entirely empty 364 days a year and with black friday becoming more and more spread out over multiple days or weeks not to mention moving more online they are eyesores that desperately need to go. Tear up 70% of them, build one centrally located two story deck with a covered transit or bus stop between that and the new, hot local hangout spot.
With the newly cleared land put up driving ranges, mid rise residential and office, boutique hotels, and parks. Boom, you're back in business. Sure, this wouldn't be cheap or quick, but if they insist on running the AC in a sad space that gets a handful of visitors a day then they're just throwing money out the window instead of making more of it.