Mall Rats

Mall Rats

For decades, shopping malls were a bustling gathering place for millions of Americans. But 21st-century shopping habits have had a deteriorative effect on them, according to a recent Times article that reports on a spate of retail store closings nationwide.

How often do you go to the mall? What places do you visit when you go? How do you feel about them?

Do you think malls provide a novel shopping experience or are they unnecessary in the age of online shopping? Have you ever gone to the mall not to shop, but to hang out with your friends away from adults?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article about the current state of brick-and-mortar retailers.

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