Do you still shop at department stores? | The Tylt
When they first came into existence, department stores were eye-opening spaces that, for the first time, offered people more than one choice in terms of fashion. Concepts that are mainstays in fashion actually came into being thanks to department stores, such as the use of price tags and big money spent on advertising. Some still revere department stores as the ultimate shopping experience; others find them dinosaurs of the brick-and-mortar era. What do you think?
Do you still shop at department stores?
A few departments stores are depleting, but not all of them are going extinct. Many argue that physical retail has gone by the wayside because of online shopping. However, there are those who claim that people still shop at physical locations; it’s just that physical locations have to up their game slightly. Those who don't won't survive. Take Macy’s—people thought they were done two years ago, and what happens? They revamp their whole digital marketing strategy and presto, still here!
There’s also no denying that department stores still hold a lot of clout in retail, especially when the holidays roll around. Much like Hallmark and Mariah Carey, department stores practically ooze halls decked with boughs of holly. Department stores may not be forever, but they have a few good fights left.
The days of department store shopping are long gone. Why would you shop at one and bother with all that nonsense when there are cooler, easier (virtual) modes of retail therapy that exist? That doesn’t mean all brick-and-mortar shops are in trouble; just, you know, the Lord & Taylors of the world. Hint: when a chain that’s been around for over a hundred years shuts down its flagship location, it’s never a good sign.
Look, it’s okay that department stores are dying out. It's a balance found throughout life, especially in the business world. Things get popular, hit a peak, then peter off for something newer and shinier to take its place. It’s bittersweet, but so is much of life. But hey, we’ll always have the memories (although those family photos at J.C. Penney are hopefully long gone).