Downtown Needs a Serious Shopping Mall
2013-07-01 · By Editor
I was disheartened to read that Nordstrom Rack will be leaving the promenade area, but not surprised. Until Long Beach recognizes the immense need to provide quality shopping with a competitive mall that serves the needs of the majority of residents, no individual stores are going to sustain themselves in this environment. I have missed Z Gallerie since it closed some years ago and suspect the same factors existed for them.
High-end condos are everywhere and yet residents must leave Long Beach to shop. Long Beach is a major metropolis, not a bedroom community, and the downtown area is in serious need of a quality shopping mall that will keep residents in the area to shop as well as provide revenue to the city. Wal-Mart does not fill the bill.
I appreciate the opportunity to provide input.
Mary Ann Andahl,
Long Beach resident