In our area it seems that more and more retail outlets that have been around for decades are closing up shop. Many were existing before I was even a twinkle in my daddies eye!
I keep hearing that this is happening all over the country. I don't know if this phenomenon is happening in other countries or not.
Now when I am out and about, I do see new shopping centers going up - then I drive by others that are virtually empty of stores. What is with that? Do these people not realize that this is such waste of resources? Why not renovate and re-use the existing building? It leaves such a glut of unslightly buildings.
Retail pricing keeps going up, quality keeps going down. It is very apparent to me why shops are closing. More and more people I know (I bet many of you as well), ONLY buy at sales or clearance, shop cheaper dollar stores, buy from thrift stores and yard sales, and perhaps buy in bulk (so product lasts for ages).
If the retail industry were going to depend on me to survive, they would have collapsed ages ago! I go to the mall MAYBE once a year, at Christmas. That is so I can use my coupon for a FREE item at Bed, Bath & Body Works. I get it and leave.
I go to Kohl's maybe 2 - 3X each fall when using the $10/$10 coupons I get (so FREE).
I manage to go to Sam's 1 - 2X a year - that is it.
I can't begin to tell you the last time I was in a Target, Wal-Mart (other than pharmacy), or major department store. It just doesn't happen. If I want to buy a gift item that isn't from thrift or yard sale - I almost always go to a small area a few miles away, that is strictly small businesses. There is so much variety and I am helping someone support their family business.
I know there are employees working at those big stores (so we are helping their income) - but I just have a problem supporting big chain stores.
Yes, there are times that we HAVE to go to them. But when I do, I spend as little as possible, watching the sales!
More and more people are gardening, canning, bartering, and foraging. Crafting is COOL again. I truly believe we have come so far forward - that we are having to finally go backward a little, just to feel at peace with our lives. It is "IN" to learn the ways of our ancestors!
This morning in our newspaper there was a headline "SURVIVING THE RETAIL APOCALYPSE". The headline cracked me up - and I couldn't resist reading the story. Basically the new retail stores that are coming into our city are cheaper stores - that offer more of a value! They are replacing the many big department stores in prime retail locations.
Every week there is another story of an expensive, fancy restaurant that is closing it's doors. Fast food spots still dot the landscape, but nicer restaurants are gearing themselves to more affordable family style meals.
It is amazing that it seems to have taken so long for retailers to finally understand that we just aren't as eager to throw our precious dollars at them anymore.
Do you see these trends happening in your areas?
What are the ways you avoid big retail?
Are there any ways to curb the "retail dilemma" that I am not thinking of?
If so, please let us know. We all need ways to keep our dollars in our pockets!