I have noticed a decrease in our malls. Back east it seems very common for them to not be as popular so they shut own and shutter and get torn down or left to decay. But back where I live, malls seem to be more common and it's less common when one goes dead. We have had a few here and we have one now which is Mall 205 (it's been dead in the past too) but the major anchors like Target and Home Depot and Fitness center and Bed Bath and Beyond are still in business but inside the mall there is hardly anything and it's mostly business stuff than stores like the DMV and I notice vacant places are appearing at Lloyd center and Nordstrom just closed this past January and the mall in currently under being renovated (updated again) and the movie theater also closed on the third floor and will be turned into something else. Lot of people still go to that mall and my husband heard a rumor from a store employee that major businesses there will be shutting down.
Why is it that malls are less popular now and now people seem to be more into boxed development stores or strip malls or outdoor malls. I have noticed outdoor malls are coming popular again because I am seeing them built again but indoor malls seem to be popular here still. My guess is because of the rain and the weather and people would rather be inside and shop than be outdoors but then again this isn't logical because it's cold back east too and i the midwest and more malls have shut down out there than they have on the west coast. If you look on deadmalls.com website, you will notice the states from the east and midwest have long lists of dead malls while the states back west do not.
I wonder what's changed to make malls less popular? I read just recently that more more malls with shutter. (Google: "why are indoors malls getting less common" for source)
I have guess the economy may have done it. With people losing their jobs, people will go out less and buy less stuff so that hurts businesses, then when tenants more out of the mall, less shoppers will come because of less stores so that hurts the mall even more. Then major chain businesses have to downsize so they shut down some of their stores and that hurts the malls even more. With all the online shopping now, why even go out and buy stuff when you can do it online? if I want a book, I just have to get on my Nook and look in the store on there and buy one. But I still go to Barnes and Noble just to read books there on my Nook because they don't always have a book there I want to read.
I have seen video stores going extinct and now they are rare and it's pretty obvious why they have declined. But wait, if malls have been dying due to online shopping, then wouldn't that mean department stores would be closing and becoming rare and other stores too? I still love to go out and look around than using the computer for it because I like to get out of the house and I need to feel the item and see it. I need to try on clothes before buying them first (if I had to buy new ones).