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« on: May 16, 2017, 01:15:37 PM »

I was just thinking about with many of those so called "mall stores" like Aeropostale, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Justice, Clare's, GNC, just to name a few that have be closing stores like crazy made me wonder, what if you were the head of a "mall store" retail chain what wold you do other than try to reopen stores that have closed to make malls great again?
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 01:36:32 PM »

I would give people only two options: shop in store, or purchase online and pick up in store.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 01:40:12 PM »

I would give people only two options: shop in store, or purchase online and pick up in store.

That might work, people can make a purchase online and have their order either shipped to their home or reserve it for pick up at the store.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 01:46:30 PM »

My feeling is that IF your brick-and-mortar store can survive, eventually the cost of
shipping is going to catch-up to Amazon and Walmart, and the sweet deals which make
it nearly cost-free to ship to your home will have to end.  Then brick-and-mortar stores
may experience a revival.

Aside from that, make malls a destination with entertainment, concerts, amusement parks, etc.  So far as I know Mall of America is still hanging-in there due to all of these factors.
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2017, 03:30:46 PM »

Anyone got any ideas on how a specific "mall store" chain can make itself great again?
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 07:50:43 PM »

Anyone got any ideas on how a specific "mall store" chain can make itself great again?

In the case of places like Claire's or Hot Topic, maybe they should offer free ear piercings with a purchase of $50 or more.
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 04:47:38 AM »

As for Justice, maybe they should bring back Brothers and display both boys and girls clothes in the front and have posters advertising that they have boys and girls clothes and not just girls clothes.
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2017, 07:13:35 AM »

Anyone got any ideas on how a specific "mall store" chain can make itself great again?

In the case of places like Claire's or Hot Topic, maybe they should offer free ear piercings with a purchase of $50 or more.

Have you been in one of those recently?  I took my daughter to get my ears pierced a couple of years ago.  The price of a set of piercing studs is up there.

Come to think of it, I think Claire's pierces for free anyway as long as you buy the studs.
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 12:15:28 PM »

I think most places are like that - buy the stud and get the piercing free. I know it's like that at Piercing Pagoda and at Walmart.

Story time. I got mine done at Walmart. Walmart is the only place I got the piercings done an didn't have any problems. I got my first ear piercing in 93 at a jewelry kiosk at the now demolished Bristol Center Mall in Bristol, CT. Had no problems. The following year the jewelry kiosk had closed and I got a 2nd hole in my ear at a nail salon in the mall called Joy of Nails. With in a coupe months it got stuck inside my ear and I had to go to a walk-in clinic to get it cut out. I didn't have any for a few years. I had a new hole sometime in high school and still had problems. I think I finally bought a do it your self piercing kit and did it myself. In 2006 I went to Walmart and got a second whole in my left ear and my first hole in my right ear. No problems. These days I only wear one in my left ear and one in my right.
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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 01:36:02 PM »

A follow up to my last post on how I've said that Justice should bring back boys clothes, as that not only sell boys clothes at some Justice store, but also open some stand alone Brothers stores in addition to the co-branded Justice & Brothers stores.
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« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2017, 05:54:32 PM »

They should bring back the birthday party rooms and indoor playgrounds (similar to the playgorunds at a McDonald's PlayPlace) in Toys "R" Us. A few locations had them when they were remodeled to the Geoffrey's Toys "R" Us prototypes in the early-mid-2000s (including the location in my area).

I think Toys "R" Us should also continue to bring in customers for such activities as building free LEGO sets on the weekends. I went to Toys "R" Us on a weekend once, and the customers (and their kids) were building LEGO police cars. I was one of the few customers there that day, and I also built the police car set, which came with an instruction sheet and a plastic zipper bag. I still have my LEGO set I built from that day. LEGO needs to continue to do this activity with Toys "R" Us on weekends. It's fun!
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2017, 01:21:32 PM »

They should bring back the birthday party rooms and indoor playgrounds (similar to the playgorunds at a McDonald's PlayPlace) in Toys "R" Us. A few locations had them when they were remodeled to the Geoffrey's Toys "R" Us prototypes in the early-mid-2000s (including the location in my area).

I think Toys "R" Us should also continue to bring in customers for such activities as building free LEGO sets on the weekends. I went to Toys "R" Us on a weekend once, and the customers (and their kids) were building LEGO police cars. I was one of the few customers there that day, and I also built the police car set, which came with an instruction sheet and a plastic zipper bag. I still have my LEGO set I built from that day. LEGO needs to continue to do this activity with Toys "R" Us on weekends. It's fun!

I also think that Toys "R" Us should have an event held at select stores a couple weekends a month where kids can do Lego models, stuffed animals (a la Build-A-Bear Workshop), arts and crafts activities as well have birthday party rooms for kids birthday parties and also bring back the Kids "R" Us clothing store chain.
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