The demise of depart­ment stores

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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