Is it really a conundrum? Nah, but the alliteration sounds good.
A few weeks ago, planners in a nearby town started considering allowing a casino to be built in their failing mall. The hope was that it would help to revive the mall and the town with new jobs and new revenue.
Editorial columns in the local paper have been filled with letters reminding city leaders that casinos do not generate wealth, only redistribute it….and this area doesn’t have a lot to start with. To add another wrinkle to the plans, this past week one of the three remaining anchor stores in the mall announced that they are closing their doors. Yikes.
I know that this is part of economic cycles and that the nature of retail will change from generation to generation. That doesn’t stop me from panicking about not being able to find goods when I need them. I counted on Sears for sturdy cookware and outdoor lawn and gardening tools. The only B & M store left in this area is Walmart. Unless you are looking for stretchy tween leggings or oversized stuffed animal heads, you are going to be out of luck.
The boys are encouraging me to go to the Sears closing sale to stock up on whatever we might need to last us until B&M stores come back into fashion. Since that might never happen, we might need to buy a lot of stuff!
We lost a chain called Ames some years back. Now it is very difficult to buy such things as shoelaces without driving for 20 minutes. No wonder so much retail is now online.
Our city entered into an agreement with the Wampanoag tribe to build a casino about ten miles from our house next to the mall. It was thought the mall would be consumed by the casino. After many court battles it was ruled the Wampanoags did not have a right to the land and after an eight-year battle if fell through.
I remember Ames! I still have the things I bought there. I don’t mind online shopping for some items, but I prefer to touch and see things before buying.
From what I have been reading, the town council is really pushing this casino idea. The land is privately owned, so I guess if the owners are OK with it, the plan will go through.