Covered shopping malls, a fixture of the baby boom era, are disappearing like VCRs and cassette tape players in the Kansas City area.
The Great Mall of the Great Plains in Olathe is the most recent shopping center to announce that it is closing. The Great Mall, which opened in 1997 is expected to close in the fall, The Kansas City Star reports.
It joins many other once thriving shopping centers that benefited from baby boomers’ spending habits. But as the boomers aged, the malls have faded.
Gone are Bannister Mall and Benjamin Plaza. The Blue Ridge Mall now is the site of a Wal-Mart and Lowe’s. Metcalf South Shopping Center is history and so is Metro North.
The Antioch Center has been remade into a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.
The two traditional shopping malls in the Kansas City area are Independence Center and Oak Park Mall, and the traffic at them generally is heavy. Let’s hope Generations X and Y continue to find them as appealing as baby boomers once did.