Post-Pandemic Shoppers are Gung-Ho

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Jefferson Valley Mall reopened after being closed for five months in 2020.

If there’s one lesson learned from last year’s pandemic, it’s how much we crave genuine social interaction. During COVID, holed-up in our homes, visually tied to computer or TV screens, we knew there was something big missing. We were itching to be out in the world, dining with friends, going to the movies, and shopping.

In the spring of 2020, Westchester retailers struggled to keep their businesses viable while some local retailers shuttered their doors. The county lost brand stores that went bankrupt including GNC, Pier 1 Imports, Men’s Wearhouse, Brooks Brothers, and Lord & Taylor. Many indoor malls were closed to the public.

Today, if you are out holiday shopping you may wonder how we got from COVID-empty malls and closed businesses to bustling crowds of consumers.

Well, here’s how.

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