“What We Lose When Retail Stores Disappear”

That’s the title of a heartfelt post on the Medium publication Zora, which made the rounds yesterday. The piece focuses on how working at, say, JC Penney is a road to women’s empowerment and economic opportunity.

In it, Marissa Evans posits that part-time retail jobs can be advantageous to parents who want to work and raise children on their own schedule (in much the same way that those same part-time jobs are good for students after school). The author also notes a social and emotional component to in-store jobs that warehouse and call-center gigs, poised to expand in the post-pandemic era, may not match.

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