In this Issue: November '16
Nov 01, 2016 08:30AM
By Melanie Heisinger
Close to the turn of the 20th century, a new philosophy in attracting shoppers took shape in stores. More than the practicality of being able to make your purchases conveniently and efficiently, store owners became aware that if consumers were enjoying their time inside the store, they would stay longer and purchase more goods. This gave rise to places like Macy’s and Gimbels department stores. Shopping became less of a necessity and more of an experience – a brief escape, if you will, from shoppers’ normal, everyday lives.
Today, the experiences may have changed and certainly the clothing styles, but the philosophy remains the same. Carolina Mall was built for practicality and convenience for those local to Cabarrus County, but was never intended to be anything that would attract shoppers from all over the state.
Then Concord Mills came along. This gargantuan mall, which contains a mile-long walk inside, soon became the number one tourist attraction in North Carolina, surpassing Biltmore Estate. Now the mall is getting a facelift and we’ve got an inside look at just what’s in store and what kind of new experiences await consumers.
Just as popular as the larger-than-life shopping experience, there has also been a return to the desire to shop at small, independently-owned boutiques. Cabarrus County has its own and we’re happy to introduce you to a few of them and delve into why these types of stores are popping up all over the country.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this edition of Cabarrus Magazine we have dubbed Retail Therapy – and just in time for the height of the holiday shopping season!
Speaking of holidays, check out our 2016 Holiday Happenings Guide launching mid-month on our website: www.cabarrusmagazine.com. It has all the information on light displays, parades and community events around the area this season. Until next month, happy shopping!
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