A bevy of keyboard warriors offered their horrible ideas for the meth town mall after a recent disturbance sparked headlines. Sadly, most of the suggestions are HORRIBLE for any biz that hopes the welcome the public in order to generate revenue.
Checkpoints, meanie armed guards and draconian rules for shoppers only sound like a good idea to grumpy old men . . . As we've seen amid throughout this year of COVID, authoritarian crackdowns are bad for biz and usually just inspire people to skip the hot mess altogether and shop online.
Similarly, check follow-up and the tragic story of an embattled mall undertaking very bad ideas in a losing fight for survival . . .
Sadly . . .
This bold new crusade to chase away customers isn't going to work.
Again, local news doesn't like reporting that this mall is already crumbling under the weight of more than 50 MILLION BUCKS worth of bad debt and a restructuring deal that clearly isn't working out.
The demise of the American retail is just as much to blame as rambunctious (rioting) youths . . . Even 500 of them that reportedly terrified the community and inspired panicked cries for parental responsibility. (Good luck)
Reality . . .
Independence Center is basically dead on its feet and, clearly, desperately clinging to any hope of avoiding an imminent shut down.
However, what this struggle REALLY reveals to Kansas City is that biz leaders are ill-equipped to deal with security, community-engagement and the cost of doing biz amid the "new normal" of American public life.
The companies that figure it out will profit whilst the rest are soon to join the ranks of dead-malls that already litter the suburbs.
Developing . . .