ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Reader's view: Loss of the Gap another blow to area's young adults

The Northland is home to a handful of post-secondary schools as well as numerous middle schools and high schools. Consequently, many local businesses employ students in part-time or after-school jobs. Beyond this, however, most area businesses ar...

The Northland is home to a handful of post-secondary schools as well as numerous middle schools and high schools. Consequently, many local businesses employ students in part-time or after-school jobs. Beyond this, however, most area businesses are unable to offer full-time careers to college graduates. Many businesses decline to appeal to the aforementioned demographic.

And now, it seems, retail outlets are following suit. With the recent addition of "teeny bopper" stores like Charlotte Russe and Hollister, the Miller Hill Mall seems to have declared its targeting of the juvenile market. As if the onslaught of these adolescent shops wasn't enough, the mall has lost one of the only adult fashion outlets it still had: the Gap ("Gap, Waldenbooks leaving Miller Hill Mall," Jan. 8).

As a young professional in the Duluth-Superior area, I feel that now more than ever the Northland is not attempting to keep college graduates in the area. These educated young adults have limited places to work, only a handful of social activities, and now virtually no place to shop for name brand causal and/or business attire. The 20-something demographic must again take a back seat to high school and college-aged kids.

I feel that the fashion market was already very poor in this area. With the loss of the Gap, that market has nowhere to go but further down. Our young professional population is sure to follow -- right out of town.

Lacie Jurek

ADVERTISEMENT

Superior

What To Read Next
Get Local

ADVERTISEMENT