In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business because people tend to drive to large out-of-town stores. As a result, people without cars have limited access to out-of town stores, and it may result in an increase in the use of cars. Do you think the disadvantages of this change outweigh its advantages?

In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business because people tend
to drive to large out-of-town stores. As a result, people without cars have limited access
to out-of town stores, and it may result in an increase in the use of cars. Do you think the
disadvantages of this change outweigh its advantages?


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]In recent years, because of urbanisation, a mushroom growth of large shopping malls has
been seen in the suburbs of the cities and towns. Many people are worried that this
phenomenon may lead to the increase in use of cars and this would not be good for the
environment. Looking at the advantages of having large shopping malls in the outskirts of
cities, I believe that the disadvantage of increased use of cars can be overlooked.

There are many benefits of having shopping malls in the out-of-town sites. To begin with,
we all know that that the suburban land costs much less and therefore the rents and other
operating costs of these shopping complexes is much less. Lower operating cost directly
leads to lower prices. Secondly, the shopping centres in these areas would be definitely
bigger because of more availability of land and so consumers will have more choices as
more variety could be displayed.

Furthermore, it would help ease urban traffic and housing pressures the city centre. The city
centres are already too congested and opening big shopping centres here would worsen the
situation. We all know that rapid urbanisation is taking place and more and more people are
shifting from the villages to the cities. If these shopping centres are on the outskirts of cities,
they would be nearer to the neighbouring villages and many of them would not then need
to move to cities as some comforts of the cities would be nearer to their homes.

Another big advantage would be that because of these shopping centres, more businesses
would also relocate from the over-congested city centres to the suburbs and this would also
help to lessen the overcrowding within the cities. It has also been seen that when people
have to go far to do shopping, they plan it well so that they don’t have to make very
frequent visits and so it does not add a lot to the use of the car. Small town-centre shops are
facing some challenge, no doubt, but they still have their place because of the personal
touch and their ease of accessibility.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that, having shopping centres in the suburbs
definitely has more advantages than disadvantages. In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business

In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business

In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business

In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business

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