Outlet taking over malls after reopening?
What I notice is that foot traffic in malls is at least 70% down even with them slowly opening. Been to a few malls and notice most apparel and shoes store while there are customers is a lot less than before. They also have sales. So I though maybe is coz people are doing online shopping and avoiding spending at all. Went to 3 different outlets over the past few weeks and notice is exact the opposite there as there are long lines up everywhere and it seems there are at least 3 to 5 times more people at outlets vs shopping malls. Also people are spending. Like people with shopping bags, lining up to pay, parking lot is also a lot busier than at malls.
Deals is also much much better at the outlet vs malls and even cheaper than online store (even though the online store saids they are having a sale but the same item I find at the outlet much cheaper).
Do you guys think people are now switching to more outlet shopping vs just going to malls since is better deal or people just want to spend money and going to the outlet where pretty much all the stores are group together is much easier that way. Will shops be able to survive or will this be the end of malls shopping (even though malls are already losing business).
I usually don't go to outlet since a lot of the stuff are made for outlets so quality isn't as good but over the past few times when I go there they are just literally selling what the stores sell but with better deals and discounts. Some stores do sell last season items mix in with current season. But most stores I visited at the outlet quality is the same as a store expect maybe a few like JCrew, Coach.