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After having a full-blown lovers’ quarrel with your man about his plans for the day, you’ve come to the conclusion that he isn’t feeling the idea of this long-awaited shopping spree you had planned. Plus, when you ask him to join you, his eyes roll back as he reflects on images of you shopping for hours on end while he’s inevitably dragged around from store to store. Shopping with their woman is every man’s worst nightmare – and dealing with it is something you must conquer together by making the shopping experience as simple and enjoyable as possible. Here’s how to survive a shopping day with your mate without driving each other crazy or running him off. It may help the both you…
(Smart Money) — 1. “We’re a dying breed.” Not long ago, Zan Jones, 43, took a trip to a mall in her hometown, Plano, Tex., and came home slightly depressed. The mainstays were still there Dillard’s, Sears, and a diner she’s known since her teenage years but in between the familiar landmarks, she found empty storefronts, “For Rent” signs and sloppy temporary shops. “I felt kind of nostalgic,” says the marketing professional and mother of two. “It just used to be so great.” It’s a common feeling. Shopping malls, once a hub of suburban commercial life, are rapidly losing ground to online shopping and off-mall locations. And it shows: vacancies at regional and super-regional malls topped 9% in the first quarter of 2011, up from 5.6% four years ago, according to market researcher Reis, Inc. “We’ve seen malls at the highest vacancy rates since we’ve been tracking them for the last 10 years,” says Ryan Severino, a senior economist for the firm. And more may be on the way, because of clauses in many leases that allow retailers to opt out if a mall can’t retain a major department store.
(AJC) — Near Decatur, the struggling North DeKalb Mall has emerged from the long recession as a virtual ghost town, with roughly 30 percent of its storefronts sitting vacant. A stroll through Gwinnett Place Mall shows that a similar portion of its storefronts are dark. And Union Station Mall — the former Shannon Southpark Mall in Union City — shut down in early November, except for its Macy’s and Sears stores. While most shopping centers are fretting these days about how good Christmas sales will be, the season could prove critical for a handful of metro Atlanta’s malls.
(Washington Examiner) — Notice some extra crunch in your grilled chicken salad? Or maybe an exotic flavor in your fries? If you’re dining at Washington-area shopping malls, you may want to put down your fork.
Roach and rodent infestations as well as dozens of other critical health violations are common in food courts and restaurants at shopping malls throughout the region.
Health officials say the pest problems are nearly impossible to prevent because clothing stores, electronics outlets and other mall standbys aren’t subject to health regulations or inspections, and pests often sneak into malls by hiding in shipping and packaging boxes.