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Shopping malls are in danger of becoming extinct

Shopping malls are in danger of becoming extinct

Shopping malls are in danger of becoming extinct
October 29
11:33 2019

Shopping has drastically changed within the last decade. Within these last few years there have been different products, stores and ideas that have changed the way that we as consumers shop.

With this continuous change in marketing within the shopping industry, there has been a significant decline of in-person shopping. Stores and malls have begun to decline and falter as the days go by. Even Denton’s own Golden Triangle Mall has been struggling to keep a steady flow of people going through and struggling to keep businesses within it afloat.

But why the sudden change of shopping centers and malls? What is the cause of this decline in attendance?

A simple answer for this decline lies within Amazon and other online shopping services. In this world of convenience, we can find everything quite literally in the palm of our hand. These services do not require any real effort in order to find and get what you want. The mall on the other hand, requires individuals to go out and search for what they are looking for.

People are generally in search for adventure and the latest things, but because of these services we have become lazier through time. It is far easier to look up and order something online than to go out and find it. The only real time when we see significant attendance at malls is during Black Friday sales or during the Christmas season.

Even then, this is not enough to solve the decline of in-person shopping.

Along with the decline in attendance, there is the decline of big name stores. Stores such as Dillards and Sears have been struggling to continue bringing in a steady attendance to their stores. Once these stores up and leave because of their lack of revenue, malls are then placed into another problem of replacing these big facilities. What do they expect to use to replace these stores?

We can see this similarity within our own Golden Triangle Mall. There have been shops that have completely up and fell out of business. While walking around, you can see the shell of these stores and the malls’ plan to replace them. For example, there used to be a toy store that used to be near the middle of the mall. Golden Triangle Mall is now planning to open Fitness Connection, a gym, where the store once stood.

These two big factors could eventually lead us to a world without malls, outlets and other big shopping centers. While this would happen in the coming years, the cracks that lie within this issue are starting to show. These centers are continuing to try to bring back that spirit that was once held years ago. The spirit of people going to the mall to not only shop, but to also spend time with people.

If you were to go to a mall on your own, the experience might be awkward. So enjoy this spirit, go to the mall and have fun because pretty soon we may not be able to have that anymore.

Featured Illustration: Olivia Varnell

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