Tag: Shoppers

Shooting at California mall terrifies Christmas shoppers who had to shelter in place

A shooting at the Great Mall near San Jose, California, left thousands of people emotionally distressed, sheltering-in-place and calling home to tell families they loved them, authorities said Sunday, according to CBS San Francisco.

Officers responded around 5:16 p.m. local time on Saturday to numerous reports of shots fired inside the Great Mall located in the city of Milpitas. When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old San Francisco man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was later hospitalized.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the Great Mall to assist. The stores were asked to shelter in place while

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Chinese shoppers spend over $100 billion in Singles’ Day extravaganza

“Singles’ Day” may sound lonely, but those who took part in the world’s largest annual shopping spree found togetherness in spending over $100 billion during the event, according to Alibaba.

The final sales figure blew away last year’s $38.4 billion over 24 hours, after Alibaba extended its sales period this year for the first time as it sought to help boost sales for merchants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Singles’ Day shopping festival, the world’s largest of its kind, offers shoppers discounts on a variety of products, from fresh produce to luxury items. Merchants ranging from small

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Holiday Shoppers May Avoid Malls This Year

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In a typical year, the holidays are peak season for malls — but this isn’t a typical year, and shopping centers that have already been hurt by the pandemic will continue to feel the economic crunch in the leadup to the holiday shopping season.

Only 45 percent of shoppers plan to visit a mall to do some or all of their holiday shopping, down from 64 percent last year, Bloomberg reported, citing data from a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Consumers will still be shopping, and about 80 percent of respondents said they still planned to

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Most U.S. Shoppers Say They Won’t Set Foot in a Mall This Year

A shopper walks through the Hudson Yards mall in New York, on, Sept. 9.

Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

For most Americans, this holiday shopping season won’t include one longtime staple: the mall.

Just 45% of U.S. consumers plan to go to a shopping mall this season, down from 64% who visited last November and December, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers survey released Friday.

The forecast is a fresh blow to American malls already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, which has upended the economy, shifted spending habits and made people wary of crowded places. Dozens of

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Shoppers line up for newly opened stores at long-awaited American Dream mall

Three hundred people lined up outside the newly-opened Primark at American Dream. On a Thursday. In the midst of a pandemic.

Other retailers, like Hot Topic and Pac Sun, also had customers queued and waiting to get in to shop for sweatshirts, jeans and other items.

The coronavirus pandemic may have delayed American Dream’s phased opening, but visitors were ready when the 3.3 million square foot complex in East Rutherford finally did open — three months after indoor malls were allowed to reopen and one month after indoor amusements were given permission resume.

American Dream representatives have said

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