I was at the mall today, Ford City Mall in Chicago. I was surprised at the number of stores that have closed. One jewelry store and three clothing stores have closed. There are no coming soon signs in the windows. Some of the kiosks are gone. One sold perfumes you put in a steaming pot. Another was a massage booth where you laid on a table and got a deep massage. Two stores in the food court are empty.
On the west side of the mall across the street was a Sports Authority that closed last summer. South of the mall a Kmart closed last month. Down the block at the main street a JJ Fish shop has not been open for a week. I haven't seen the pizza shop next store open either.
The southwest side had been a middle class community with a good economy. Now it is going downhill. A Nabisco factory 6 blocks from my home that made Oreos has been moved to Mexico. A friends mom used to work there. Now she is out of a job. Makes me wonder if people have no job and no money to spend is causing all these shops to close.
Hope things are good by you, they are not good by me.