Originally Posted by miketoronto
I have been to other malls in other cities as well.
Get all defensive you want. But the sales per sq foot also speak to this, as American malls have lower sales per sq foot than Canadian malls.
A lot of American malls also ban anyone under 18 years of age unless they have an adult with them. That I am sure also reduces the amount of people going through the mall.
Not being "all defensive" at all. It's called a well needed dose of reality. I'm calling you out for speaking with such supreme authority while employing extremely sweeping generalizations - when you are very clearly not qualified to do so.
The dynamics of the retail scene between our two countries could not be more different. For generations, all you had to chose from were Eaton's/Simpson's and The Bay when it came to Dept. stores on a nationwide basis. That was never the case in the U.S.
To this day, your prices are artificially high due to suppressed retail offerings. Thankfully for Canadians, this is changing - despite your bemoaning of U.S. retail now finally being allowed in. For some odd reason, you seem to be extremely oppossed to these choices. I suspect it's nothing more than misguided Nationalism. However, Target WILL be a huge game-changer compared to the tired and dated Zellers. Likewise, knowing their business model, Nordstrom will blow most of your countrymen away when it comes to customer service. Just wait and see.
I also understand that many of your malls serve as bus-transfer hubs. I also suspect they serve as regional gathering places for teens and oldsters being the designated "Town Centers" of so many boring enclaves, with not a whole lot to offer otherwise. Scarborough Town Center comes to mind immediately. Again, with very, very few exceptions this is just another major difference between our two countries. The premiere malls in many major U.S. metro's are doing just fine, thank you - and gasp - some of ours happen to be connected by rail based transit to the urban core!!!!
Tell you what Mike - if you ever find yourself in the Pacific NW, check out the small regional mall in Bellingham, WA (Bellis Fair) just to the south of the B.C. border off of the I-5. While absolutely very ordinary in every possible way, the amount of cars from B.C. on an average weekend very often FAR exceed the local cars from Washington state. Just exactly why do you think this is?
Think about it.
I realize you are an urban romanticist, as I am too to an extent. BUT, with very few exceptions, the old Grande Dames of Downtown retail are no longer the realistic model in the 21st century.