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Old 05-02-2021, 08:13 PM   #61
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There are far too many malls in this country. More than anywhere else on this planet. The Amazon Prime truck can now be seen seven days a week on our street making deliveries. It's much more convenient buying online from Ebay, Amazon, or other sites. The local mall just scrapped plans to convert the shuttered Sears store into a Costco after they realized that Costco would wipe out other smaller stores in the mall including the fast food court. They still have a JC Penny and Macy's store to worry about. The other problem is that the landlords are asking too much for rent to the point where a small retailer is better off operating in their home and selling online through the Ebay and Amazon market places.


Then you must have really thought we had a lot before half of all mall department stores closed in the last decade. Another 25% of mall will close within the next 5 years.
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This is a great point that we don't hear nearly enough. The internet has made it possible for millions of people to start their own business without having to pay the overhead required for a B&M location. My wife has a sewing business the operates out of our living room. I've had an online collectibles business since 1986. Lots of people make and sell jewelry, clothing, soap, candles, toys, and all sorts of other products. If the business is big enough, maybe they rent a small commercial space but the transactions themselves are still 100% online.


And there are some great hybrid options cropping up too. Around us, there is a store in a downtown business district that has weekly "pop up" shops. Basically, for $20/day you can rent a space to sell your wares. My wife has done it a couple of times. It lets small businesses get public exposure without the huge financial commitment of renting their own store. If malls want to survive, maybe they should do more of this. There was a mall in the Orlando area that went this route and created a bunch of mini stores for local artists, crafters, and small businesses. There were still a few traditional stores and food locations, but the bulk of it was the small businesses.


The internet didnít just appear though. Its been around now for over 30 years and people have been selling items or services themselves off of it the entire time itís been available.
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Sorry the best burger takeout is by far In-N-Out Burger. Look what happened when they expanded to Colorado. People waited over 14 hours in line to get a burger and ever started fights when someone tried to cut into line. Shake Shack is also great but more expensive. The Five Guys we had near our condo in Florida went out of business pretty quickly.


Iíve had plenty of both and I have to say Five Guys Burgers are much better than In-N -Out Burgers. Plus Five Guys has much better service. They probably could hsve served that line that waited at In-N-Out in for 14 hours in under an hour! What knuckle head waits more than 10 minutes for even the best fast food? I know I wouldnít. I expect excellent fast food in under 5 minutes.
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Me too. We got one a few years ago. Appears to be "fudruckers light" with crates for decor.

Been once and once was enough. There were 3 people eating there with me. Be gone soon.
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Iíve had plenty of both and I have to say Five Guys Burgers are much better than In-N -Out Burgers. Plus Five Guys has much better service. They probably could hsve served that line that waited at In-N-Out in for 14 hours in under an hour! What knuckle head waits more than 10 minutes for even the best fast food? I know I wouldnít. I expect excellent fast food in under 5 minutes.
Never been to an In-N-Out to compare, but I do enjoy Five Guys, though for health eating reasons I limit my visits to once per month . Among our area burger joints they hands down have the best service.
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Me too. We got one a few years ago. Appears to be "fudruckers light" with crates for decor.

Been once and once was enough. There were 3 people eating there with me. Be gone soon.


Five Guys has been around for 30 years and has 1700 stores. They are entrenched everywhere except the west coast where they just arrived in the last 5 years or so.
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Five Guys has been around for 30 years and has 1700 stores. They are entrenched everywhere except the west coast where they just arrived in the last 5 years or so.
I've been to In-N-out and Five guys - mostly when I was snowbirding in Scottsdale, Az.
No In-N-outs in northern Illinois that I know of. Good thing. I used to go quite a bit in Az.

Funny thing though. The Phoenix metro area doesn't have hardly any donut shops. Thousands off them in northern Illinois.
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Me too. We got one a few years ago. Appears to be "fudruckers light" with crates for decor.

Been once and once was enough. There were 3 people eating there with me. Be gone soon.


Same here but Fuddruckerís was struggling here before COVID while 5Guys, Shake Shake and the others boomed. I loved Fuddís toppings bar but expect that is history.
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