I went to the Fashion Outlets today, and something seemed to be missing: stores.
Walls of windows were black. Some stores were clearing out. Dollar Party, one of my favorite stores, had a “going out of business” sign up.
I had heard that the mall was hurting, but the pre-Christmas crowd showed no slowdown.
Walking around today, it was a bit like a ghost town.
There is some hope for the Fashion Outlets. H&M announced that they’re opening a store in the mall this summer, which should bring in some traffic. A recent uptick in the value of the Loonie should also help.
In the meantime, the mall is starting to remind me of when I was a kid. We’re a popcorn stand and a Linens and Things liquidation away from 2006.
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