Letter to the Editor

Shopping evolution

San Luis ObispoFebruary 28, 2014 

Diane Tomkins’ letter concerning the empty stores in the Marigold Center in SLO (Tribune, Feb. 18) has prompted me to write this letter.

Aside from high rents, it appears that shopping has evolved to the point where some brick-and-mortar stores are no longer needed. When shoppers can find almost anything they want on the Internet at discount prices, no 8 percent sales tax, free shipping and no parking fees, and they can shop at home in a robe at their leisure, who wants to go out to a store where merchandise is limited or nonexistent?

I have lost track of how many times I have been told by a salesperson or a store manager, “We are out of the item, but you can purchase it online.”

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