Another One Bites The Dust
… and another one gone and anohter one gone, another one bites the dust.
If you read my blog regularly, you may remember this post from March 9 where I was wondering whether this shop owner had STILL or ALREADY his Christmas deco up. Which was of course a joke… it could only be ‘still’. And I was wondering whether the guy still cared for his shop.
And now this: they are closing on May 31. Which doesn’t come as a surprise really, but it’s still sad. It was one of these long-established businesses… not a chain but still run by the owner in the x-th generation. It follows a sad tradition in Velbert, where more and more shops go out of business… and aren’t followed by new ones.
It’s a vicious cycle. Velbert has become more and more unattractive for shoppers, there are many larger cities and especially big malls around, where people prefer to shop. And therefore, local business keeps dying which makes it even more difficult for those who WANT to shop in Velbert.
But a recent study has shown, that malls are by now hugely popular and there are opening more of more of them. At the same time, people are complaining about individual owner-run shops going out of business. Yeah… you have to decide. If you don’t want these shops to die, stop shopping at the malls… or at least shop less at malls and more local. I enjoy a mall every now and then as much as the next person. But still I’m the one who shops in Velbert halfway regularly. But it will become more and more difficult.