Sunshine31-I totally agree. You also have to look at previous businesses that were in the shopping center and why did they fail.
Sometimes businesses fail for other reasons than location, but if you notice that a large number of businesses that failed in the same shopping center then I would say it is probably certain that the location had something to do with it.
Not too long ago there was a supplemental education franchise that went out of business because it was hidden in the corner of the shopping center and not visible from the street. Although it was located in a major thoroughfare its location was hidden and the name was only visible by the marquee.
The business had a great concept, but as great as it was it could not bring in any traffic because its location was so poor. I was surprised too because this was a franchise and often they help their franchisees find the best locations in order to ensure their success.
Other businesses in the same shopping center closed as well including a Blockbuster Video store.