Last week, three Wall Street Journal correspondents went shopping, to see what it’s like to be at the mall in places where the mall is open.
The experience: complex social dynamics from consumers and employees alike, with a broad spectrum of concern and preparation for the coronavirus. And lots of closed stores—in Toledo, more stores stayed shuttered than chose to reopen. Still, shoppers formed lines outside the shops that were open, roughly half of them choosing to don masks.
One of this piece’s authors also coauthored an opinion column a few days prior that posited many chains would not return from this year’s disruption. This piece points out that as many as 100,000 store closings were already predicted prior to the shutdowns.