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Old 06-10-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If rural folks want shops, they have to support those shops by spending money in those shops. No shop is staying open without paying customers.

That's the bottom line.

Flip side is that shops, in order to stay in business, must offer goods that locals want and will pay for.
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:41 AM
 
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If rural folks want shops, they have to support those shops by spending money in those shops. No shop is staying open without paying customers.

That's the bottom line.

Flip side is that shops, in order to stay in business, must offer goods that locals want and will pay for.
This is true. Consumers are willing to pay a little more if they are getting good quality and good service.

People talk about Wal-Mart as if it's the devil, how it devours mom and pop stores in small markets. In truth, it does. But if the mom and pops delivered for their customers, they'd still be in business.

It's kind of like hardware stores. You have the Home Depots of the world and you have your corner hardware stores. If I'm just picking up some light bulbs or new numbers for my mailbox, off to Home Depot I go. I can find what I need quickly, pay, and leave.

On the other hand, if I have a question or don't want to drive 20 minutes further to Home Depot, I head to the local guys. They can answer my question and usually have what I need.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:21 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I don't know how one would expect a mall to survive in a rural area, in fact why would they even build one there?

The "countryside" is not going to have the kind of population and incomes to support a mall, even before the competition from internet sales. The two successful malls near us are in Bellevue, WA with a population of 141,000 and growing, median household income $104,839. They also draw in people from other nearby cities

of population of 40-65,000 with similar or higher incomes. In the article's featured example, Ottumwa, there are only 24,000 people, median income only $38,095.
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