I have always embraced change. It brings good things even if you are not ready (I am specifically thinking of upgrades my computer!). You have to keep moving forward. Refusing to change helps no one, especially yourself. (This reminds me of a friend who won’t use a drive-through because it’s terrifying.)
We have all watched as the brick and mortar stores closed. For some it was good riddance. Others will be missed. I am a fan of on-line purchases but I’m also a fan of touching and feeling before I buy. Don’t like on-line returns (cha-ching, cha-ching).
Recently a near-by department store closed. I love department stores. Lots of different products. You could buy shoes, kitchen stuff, furniture and underwear all in one stop. They carried upscale designer products along with everyday items. I like quality in my clothes. I don’t mind paying for it as long as it looks good and wears well.
I wasn’t prepared for the sense of loss I felt. It was sold to a liquidator. Even though the bags have the name, it’s not the real store anymore.
I recently stopped by to see if there were any bargains. Bad move. I had a profound sense of sadness. I know this sounds silly. No one was dying but it happened anyway.
I didn’t see any of the old employees. Perhaps they were severed when the liquidation company came in. I was sorry I didn’t go in earlier to wish them well.
There weren’t bargains, only big ugly signs. The kind that make everything look cheap. It reminded me of the people rummaging Scrooge’s house after he died. The signs said 20% to 70% off but it was off the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) which is rarely used these days. I didn’t see much beyond 30% off either.
A lifestyle is dying. For me it was this store but for someone else it may be different. When was the last time you saw an independent book store? For the beloved husband it’s the music stores. Kids aren’t playing instruments like they used to. Much easier to be on-line playing games.
Malls are all struggling. I am not looking forward to the day when you can’t go to a store to fondle merchandise. I don’t always need to buy but I like to look. It’s therapy for me. Keep my eye on what’s in and what’s out. Staying on top of pop culture as best I can.
Not everyone enjoys shopping. I enjoy the solitary. I like my own companionship. I try to make it fun and treat myself to a nice lunch or snack. Sometimes two.
This mall is where I walk and my Starbucks is located. Our local pizza place is there too. I am hoping for a solution.
Medical health networks are our biggest employers these days and many of the large empty retail areas are converted into medical space. Perhaps one day I can get blood tests and a mocha all at the same time.
Change, sometimes good and sometimes scary, it keeps on going whether we like it or not. Any profound changes in your life?