There has been a sad turn of events in the retail world, with many stores having to close their doors for good during the pandemic. Experts have been talking about the future of shopping in stores, and what it will mean for the consumers. There will definitely be plans put in place to maintain social distancing rules, including the space of six feet and the wearing of masks. However, issues such as: Trying on merchandise, and using stairwells and escalators are still some of the bigger concerns.
Through it all, there is something to be said about a good browse around the mall, not really quite sure of what you’re looking for until you find it. Also, the natural instinct of trying things on to see if they actually fit right, despite the sketchy measurements. Meeting up with a friend to grab a bite in the food court, or first dates at the mall’s coffee shop. I don’t know about you, but I miss the bustling crowds, and the crying babies. I miss the couples walking hand-in-hand, or the great sales that just happens to find you. I miss walking leisurely through the bookstore, picking up novels that tickle my fancy, or the elderly who stroll before the stores open just to get their daily exercise. Will we ever recover? I hope so.
Some of my favourite stores are saying goodbye forever, and it makes me a little uneasy. I can’t imagine a world without Victoria Secret bras, or scented candles from Bath and Body Works! Maybe these businesses were struggling before the pandemic hit, and could not survive another hard knock. I figured with the new age of technology, there could be no reason why a business could not thrive both online, and by storefront. Whatever the case may be, it still isn’t enough to keep doors open.
Smaller businesses are also feeling the pinch, as they are asked to stay closed, while the big businesses cash out on the very same items they carry. I can’t wrap my head around why a small business wouldn’t be allowed to let two or three people into a store for social distance shopping. It is the same concept as the big rigs letting in fifty or a hundred to shop, but on a smaller scale. I can only pray that the small businesses survive this time, and that when they open, we will be there to support them. I promise to keep my eyes open for changes in the retail world and keep you all posted. Until next time, happy Monday everyone!