There was a time in the 80s when shopping could be easily compared to a religious practice. While Gordon Gekko was opining about greed being good, the economy was humming along, and the mall was central to both consumerism and how American life functioned, simply because the physical space acted as a town center.
"The mall was where you bought almost anything but food," said Nick Egelanian, founder and president of SiteWorks Retail. "There were some discounters. There were some drug stores, obviously grocery stores. But malls were a big part of the household experience in the mid-1980s." . . . more