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Old 01-26-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Default Steeplegate Mall Concord.....stores closing!

I can't believe how many stores have closed in that mall! The Coach store closed and the Gap is closing Thursday A bunch of other stores were closed. I suppose the Outlets in Tilton had something to do with it since Coach and Gap have stores there.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Central NH
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I avoid malls like the plague, though I make one shopping trip a year through the Steeplegate Mall at Christmas time.
All things considered, you Mall Shoppers should be happy that the whole flippin' mall isn't closing. I seem to recall that during the "Great Recession", Steeplegate was targeted for closing or bankruptcy or something along those lines.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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Brace yourself for some bad news, Aptor...

There's a bad recession going on. We're about 2 years into it now.

I've shopped in both Concord and Tilton since fall of 2008 and I've never been to that mall or the outlet stores. That's how much I like shopping in malls. I've been to most all of the sporting goods stores and gun shops though.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: near Manchester
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I'm with you BigNH. I avoid the malls also. For me, the nearest mall is the Mall of NH and I CANNOT STAND going there. During Christmastime, I have to go there to shop for certain people, but I hate every moment! LOL
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Southern NH
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Those older smaller malls are taking it on the chin. The Bedford Mall is half empty. the Nashua mall at exit 6 was leveled years ago to be a Kohl's, Xmas Tree Shop, LL Bean and a few small stores...
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Brace yourself for some bad news, Aptor...

There's a bad recession going on. We're about 2 years into it now.

I've shopped in both Concord and Tilton since fall of 2008 and I've never been to that mall or the outlet stores. That's how much I like shopping in malls. I've been to most all of the sporting goods stores and gun shops though.

Do you think on line shopping has a lot to do with it as well? I would suspect it does especially since their one "high end" store went out quite quickly.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: NH
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I suspect the mall craze is dying off as well, between that, the economy, and online shopping I think they're a dying breed, I haven't set foot in one in ages and prefer not too.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Wandering in the West
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The big chains swamped us with a zillion locations when the banks would give credit to everyone and anyone, now they need to close some locations down because a lot less people are able to put their Coach purse on the Mastercard.

I just saw today that JC Penney is getting ready to shutter a bunch of stores. I used to like that store, before their stock started looking like Walmart's. Things change though... we boomed and now we're busting.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Monadnock region
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there seems to be a cycle with malls. back in the 70's it was the 'big thing' to be able to park your car in 1 spot and go inside for all your shopping! now, malls are passe and the thing is to turn them all into 'town centers' where you can move your car all around to go to different shops all in the same complex of strip units. it will be interesting if in 20 years they go back to the convenience of having all the stores inside where weather won't affect your shopping experience.

the big thing that could impact this, is as Aptor pointed out: online shopping. it has made a huge impact on the stores. why should I go to a store when I can shop in my nightie at my convenience (and not have to worry about weather) and have it all delivered to me?!
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: near New London, NH
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City-data needs a "like" button, like Facebook :-D I agree with all of you - malls suck, and online shopping for mall stores is much better. However -- even better than that is shopping at small, local stores!

BUY LOCAL.
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