Obviously the clientele has changed over time or the stores would still be there.
It was nice when there was a more relaxed and stable shopping experience. There was a plan to your shopping and seasons to enjoy. Now everything is rushed and anticipation has become lost. You could amble around and relax while you looked. Now you have to get and get out! Who taught us that?
I have a plan to my shopping...it's to get in and get out. I despise shopping for anything and it's the least relaxing thing for me. Even online shopping. I don't browse endlessly. I know what I want, I log in, I purchase it, I log out.