;;; ;;;;;;; ;;;;;;;, going to the
mall has been a favorite New Jersey
experience. It’s easy to see why. So
many shopping choices under one
roof, plus reasonable places to eat and
a comfortably controlled climate any
time of the year. And for the kids, the
mall is a perfect place to hang out—
and generally stay out of trouble.
Unfortunately for our malls, that’s
no longer enough. Most of us do at least
some of our shopping online. As for the
kids, they’d just as soon hang out virtually on their electronic devices.
As a result, many malls are suffering. It’s not just online shopping
that’s inflicting the pain. Malls also are
pinched by a demographic shift, with
millennials opting out of the suburbs
and back to the urban areas, with their
concentration of jobs, restaurants and
nightlife (but no malls).
This month, we ask the question:
Can Jersey’s malls be saved? Much
is at stake. Malls are major employers and, for many municipalities, a
significant source of tax revenue. They
also serve a positive social function,
providing a secure destination for all
generations to get out of the house.
Mall operators are trying all kinds
of ways to save their businesses—
mainly by adding to the experience
of a trip to the mall. Food has always
been part of that, but today’s mall is
providing more high-end options, even
wine tastings. At many malls, the experiential options run the gamut from
yoga lessons to massage to video-game
arcades. Even urgent-care centers are
finding a welcome mat at the mall. Our
coverage begins on page ;;.
;;;;; ;;;; ;;;; to the mall, you might
be dreaming of a delicious day of pampering at a New Jersey spa. In this
issue, we visit ;; of our favorites. Just
for fun, we sent a spa novice, associate
art director Andy Ogilvie, to check out
one of those favorites. Andy’s first-person account of his spa day is priceless. It all starts on page ;;.
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