The last mall built in the US was in 2006, and one-third of the malls now in operation will close within the next few years.
All the major retailers in the U.S. have closed, or are expected to close hundreds of stores, leaving many malls without an anchor.
The future of retail looks to be the internet. Another “Letter to the Editor” hit the nail right on the head, it’s tourism.
Unless they ban cars and buses, people will come to Kingman to ride on the mother of all highways, see the Grand Canyon and to experience Kingman.
So what is it that we’re missing? A fun center for kids and families, upscale restaurants, a nice multiplex for movies, a driving range, a venue for outdoor concerts, and more of what we do best – Route 66 with car shows and marketing it to all including snowbirds.
Being a tourist town keeps pressure off of more schools, surely easier on the environment, and will help improve city services without the extra burden of more permanent people.