Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Death of the Shopping Mall, One Store at a Time

Macy's is leaving the Tucson Mall.  They're not relocating.  They're just leaving.

The Container Store opened a brand new outward facing store a few years back, and Toby Keith dedicated a barbeque and music destination around the same time.  Now Keith's is gone, and so are two other restaurants which followed.

Sears is still there, though, and it was near there that I entered this afternoon, bent on replenshing TBG's dwindling (okay, empty) stack of chocolates with a pound of See's.

At least, that was the plan.  I was surprised that the store's website told me that it was closed when I Googled it on Easter Sunday; I assumed it was for the holiday.  But, no, that was optimistic.  In fact, after I parked the Uv and dragged my still-aching body across the parking lot and past the Hallmark and the Red Robin, I found that the store was, indeed closed - closed for good.

There's white butcher paper covering the windows, there's an open rear entrance providing a glimpse into a storage area filled with empty shelves and pedestal trays, and there's a sign on the door:
Store Closed.  Sorry for the Inconvenience.
I accepted their apology.  It wasn't much comfort for TBG's chocolate lust, though.

8 comments:

  1. The Sees store in our mall closed a long time ago. My daughter, visiting the week before Easter, went with me to that same mall, now with her own small children, so I could buy them shoes at the Stride Rite Store. We found it in close-out mode. I was devastated. Then Jennifer started reminiscing about coming to this same mall when she was in high school. She and her friend Amanda always went to the Sees store because they were handed a free piece of candy and then they bought two pieces to share. Cheap entertainment. Wonder what her kids will remember from their high school days. Ordering online isn't quite the same thing.

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    1. I could've written about taking the bus with Mei-Mei to Green Acres - our first shopping mall - and feeling SO adult!
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  2. Wow, I never knew that and I keep thinking I will get to Sees one of these days. It's been years but I love their candy and picking out the perfect pieces. There is a small local candy store in a nearby town up here. I might have to get in there before they close too :(. Sees was definitely part of our family history.

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    1. Never put off til tomorrow..... especially when it comes to chocolate!
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  3. Our mall is not that occupied but penneys is still there and so is Sears, it has young persons shops we don't care for, if we need a bib mall fix seattle is not that far away and they have plenty of malls with everything we could imagine..I like the burbs in seattle that have tiny strip malls with shops for larger lady clothes which I need reasonably but in our town nothing exists..We see what is happening but I would prefer to try on my clothes before I buy and don't do online shopping at all..See's are all around in seattle they have outlet centers everywhere and we go to one that has all of the goodies for it seems cheaper than in big malls..

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    1. I like the convenience of strip malls; in Marin our gym, dry cleaner, and grocery store were all in the same one. By the time I got home, I was ready for the rest of the day!
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  4. I'm totally shocked about Sears. I'm in downtown Seattle this week and I was surprised with how crappy the Macy's is here. I can see why many of them are closing. I only went in there to see if they had spring dresses and the selection was awful. I really haven't shopped there since the Grab Your Wallet Campaign started last fall (they were selling Trump crap).

    I'm sad to see stores closing, but I can find such a better selection online for many stores. Unfortunately, I think it's just going to get worse for brick and mortar stores. Hopefully, you can order See's chocolates online.

    Sending hugs.


    Megan xxx

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    1. I think they relocated to the upscale mall in town. Macy's and Gap and such have different clothes for different markets, I think. Ours are just awful.
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