End of an Era: Evansville’s Eastland Mall Says Goodbye to Food Court Favorite of 29 Years
*Scroll Down To See What Eastland Mall Looked Like in the 1980s
Dear Mall, Please Don't Go
I love going to the mall and stopping in some of my favorite stores all in one place. And I guess that I have passed this on to my son. We make our regular rounds through Eastland Mall searching for Funko Pops, shoes, and cool t-shirts. Let me tell you, if BoxLunch and Hot Topic ever close, it will be the end of times for me!
Why are Malls Disappearing?
- E-commerce: The rise of online shopping has made it easier and more convenient for us to buy what we need without even leaving the couch.
- Changing consumer preferences: Younger generations, in particular, are more interested in experiences than material possessions. A lot of them prefer to spend their money on travel, dining out, and other experiences rather than shopping.
- Pandemic-related factors: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to e-commerce and has also made people more cautious about going out in public spaces. This has resulted in reduced foot traffic and sales for malls.
Farewell to a Food Court Favorite
Last week Great Steak 'America's Premier Cheesesteak' closed. Great Steak had been an Eastland Mall food court staple for 29 years. As much as I love our malls, I know that there is less traffic, and certainly fewer people stopping in to grab a meal at the food court.
Upgrade from Food Court to Food Hall
Owners Jeff and Tina Wheeler have something very exciting that they are working on. And let's just say that this venture is going to be their vision and something that they have both dreamed of for years.