The demise of department stores
News of three major stores closing many locations this week came as no surprise to me. I can’t tell you how many times I have visited one of these major stores only to be told, “Sorry, we are temporarily out of stock on that item, but we will be happy to order it for you online.” Well, I could have done that myself.
So many times have I found out-of-stock situations in some of the largest local stores that I seldom even try anymore. Is reducing inventory just a plan to push everyone to online shopping? My guess is, yes. After all, why bother maintaining an adequate inventory at a store if you can sell it online and still make the sale?
When I need a pair of replacement work shoes, a preferred brand of clothing or a personal gift that a store may promote, I seldom waste my time anymore visiting one of these giant stores — my mouse does my work for me. After all, doesn’t that make it more profitable for them?
My guess is that retail malls will follow the path of the drive-in theaters. Why not just close the doors now and get it over with? Jack Dennis, Waldorf