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Reader Opinion: Herberger's

Recently we were informed that Herberger's department store was closing in Brainerd. They're just another victim in a fast changing world, when it comes to retail shopping. I can complain about it and I can write about it but there seems to be no...

Recently we were informed that Herberger's department store was closing in Brainerd. They're just another victim in a fast changing world, when it comes to retail shopping. I can complain about it and I can write about it but there seems to be no stopping it. All over this nation big box stores are shutting their doors and often times taking down whole shopping malls down with them.

I lived in a Twin Cities suburb years ago next to a mall called Brookdale. It had stores like Dayton's and Donaldson's, J.C. Penney and Sears. It wasn't just a shopping center it was a social center with all of its little specialties shops. I remember browsing for books at Barnes & Noble and getting my shoes repaired at a cobblers shop, all in the comfort of an indoor mall. There were always civic events going on in the mall and great restaurants to eat in. But they all existed, dependent on each other to bring in the people. A few years back it was bulldozed and now in its place sits a lonely Walmart.

Maybe it's just the change I can't accept. I'm old and it's a whole new way of life for me. I'm not reluctant to change. I have an iPhone and a computer. But I still like to shop and try clothes on. Talk to a knowledgeable hardware man about repairs. I think the greatest thing we are losing; besides the jobs the store's provided, is the interaction we had between friends and neighbors. Instead we choose to stay cloistered in our homes having a delivery service bring us our groceries and clicking away at some online site to buy everything. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. What's next?

Mike Holst

Crosslake

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