It doesnt really surprise me: things change, you know.
In the 1950’s,society was changing. People began moving to the suburbs, and a new concept was invented: the shopping center, with a big parking lot and stores built around it. It was the perfect match for the new lifestyle. People had money and cars, and wanted to live well.
Then in the 1970’s,society was changing, and a new concept was invented: the mall.
It was the perfect match for the new, more modern lifestyle. People had money and cars, and wanted to live even better. So the businessmen took the old shopping center concept and made it an entertainment center, full of restaurants, kiosks, movies.
By the 1980’s-90’s society changed a bit more.People (especially teens) had even more money, and wanted to live even better. So the businessmen moved all the restaurants to the new “food court”, added yet another major retailer , created mall-wide gift cards, and advertised the mall as a Disneyland of fun , a place to meet friends, etc.
And now…society is changing. People have less money, less job security, etc…but want to live well.
So they use their money at the big-box stores, which are never located in the expensive-to-maintain malls. And they don’t want to be entertained while shopping…there’s enough entertainment now at home.
The times they are a-changin’… .