As mall traffic plummets, the future...
Once a community staple in suburbs...
When Barb and Kevin Francella moved to New...
Things were going well for Ira Belgrade in 2009. The Los Angeleno and his wife of more than 13 years ran a successful talent-management company, and they’d recently converted their garage into a home office and rec room. Then, that April, Belgrade’s wife died suddenly from complications related to Lyme […]
Andi Peterson never thought twice about taking Percocet. After all, the powerful painkiller had been prescribed by a doctor. “I didn’t think what I was doing was that wrong. It felt more like a have-fun-once-in-a-while thing. It was not going to lead to this crazy addiction,” she told Business Insider. […]
Growing up in suburban America, a shopping trip wasn’t complete without a stop by the food court. From yards away, the sweet smell of cinnamon rolls beckoned the most determined of shoppers. The first bite of fried rice and orange chicken scraped from a Styrofoam platter would melt in your mouth, […]
The cookie-cutter neighbourhood is an iconic American symbol of suburbia — the architecture is uniform, the lawns manicured, the colours drawn from the same palate. Facades of the houses may vary, but local kids immediately know where to find the bathroom or kitchen when entering a neighbour’s home, since it’s […]
It’s a tough time to be in the shopping mall business. Black Friday sales last year provided the latest proof of changing dynamics in the retail sector as consumers continued to move their shopping online. Online sales grew to $US3.34 billion, up 22% compared to the previous year’s figures, while […]
For the last few years, Americans have enjoyed friendly prices at the pump. And in many ways consumers’ lives have been shaped by these prices. People have bought bigger cars, travelled more, and spent more money in general. But nothing lasts forever and rising gas prices could mean big changes […]
Every morning in the Euclid Manor, a 6,000-square-foot single-family home on the outskirts of downtown Oakland, California, the residence’s 13 inhabitants trample over one another in a race for the shower before preparing breakfast at a kitchen counter that seats three. The tight quarters present opportunities for the residents, who […]
The casual dining industry is in hot water. 2016 was the worst year for the restaurant industry since the recession, according to data from industry tracker TDn2K. The year saw a 2.4% drop in same-store sales — the biggest decline in more than five years. The weakest link in the […]
Hundreds of retailers are closing stores...
Call it the Golden Arches Rush. In the past several years, a handful of America’s largest corporations have joined an exodus from their suburban headquarters to new home bases in the city, and millennials seem to be the driving force. Beginning in 2015, McDonald’s, Kraft Heinz, and ConAgra Foods have […]
Once a community staple in suburbs across America, the golf course is now a slowly dying breed. Over 800 golf courses have shuttered across the US in the past decade, and data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association has shown that millenials between the ages of 18 to 30 […]
Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio opened in 1975 to great fanfare as the premier shopping destination for the surrounding community. But customer traffic started to slow more than a decade ago, several department stores abandoned their leases, and the mall started failing. It lost its last store tenant in […]
Look no further than the suburbs to see how American ideals about success are transforming. People in the US suburbs are changing the way they shop, where they eat, and what they want in their homes. Malls are shutting down as e-commerce continues to take over, and the casual-dining chains […]