Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pics Of The Day: The Changing Face of Retail

With consumer dollars shifting to on- line buying, many once-popular malls and box stores are declining and abandoned, their vast parking lots empty.

(photos: Jesse Rieser. Abandoned big retail stores in Mesa, AZ)


donnah said...

My mom worked as the main cashier for Sears, starting in the 1970's as a telex operator in their new store in the Dayton Mall. So she was never working out on the floor, but in a small back room, for twenty-five years. So as teens, my sister and I spent a lot of time hanging out and shopping at the mall. It had everything!

My sons, who are in their late twenties and early thirties, never go to a mall. They shop for everything online. My eldest son just bought a big flatscreen TV, not at a big box store, but from a company online, whose price was unbeatable and offered free shipping. And I'm guilty of shopping Amazon because stores just don't have what I'm looking for.

I know that times have really changed in ways that we never expected. I hope that we don't evolve so quickly that we can no longer interact with anyone at all. It's easy to become isolated and more tribal when we don't socialize face-to-face.

Hackwhackers said...

donnah -- Thank you for that personal story. In the years ahead, I hope we can find an equilibrium and have the kind of interactions at a retail level that we once had.