Are Malls Really Dying?


Molly Hill

As online shopping is on the rise, malls are beginning to have more competition. Is online shopping comparable to physically going to malls?

There is no doubt that online shopping is on the rise, and for a good reason, as the prices are unmatched, and it’s much more convenient to have whatever you want at the click of a button instead of driving out and walking around to get what you need. However, this begs the question of if malls will begin to fail as a result, as everyone stays home instead of going into the mall and buying things there.

Malls are still all around the United States, but fewer than there used to be. In the 1980s, there were around 2,000, which has gone down to 700 in the past couple of years. However, they have seen a recent spike in popularity, and more people are beginning to go. These numbers will probably never reach how they were when malls first opened, but it’s important to note that people are starting to go again.

How do malls hold up against online shopping? Physically going and shopping is a lot more beneficial and a lot more fun than online shopping. There are a lot of things you can only get online, but for the things you can also get at places like malls, I think it’s fun to go there and try things on, find other things, etc. The atmosphere of the mall is very unique, and can’t be replicated by online shopping. Whenever I go, I always look back on it as if it was a good time, and I always want to go back. Even if online shopping is much easier, I think malls are unique and should stay around, and the spike in popularity is deserved.

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