We went to Pheasant Lane Mall for a variety of reasons: they had a Target attached to the mall (and the Target was open earlier than other stores), they had kiddie rides, it was the closest good-sized mall, etc. When we moved to Massachusetts and had a second child, we tried to find a good hang-out location: we found malls with small trains, kiddie rides, a carousel, etc. But an attached Target was hard to find, which meant if you went early in the morning (before 10 a.m.), you couldn't do much at the mall.
I hadn't really put this together until arriving inadvertently too early at Solomon Pond today. Over the last 20 years, the population of moms-available-to-go-to-the-mall-during-t
Which seems outrageously, baroquely, stupid.
What am I missing?
ETA: Target and Wal-Mart hours have consistently extended earlier in the morning than mall hours, and their market share growth probably wasn't driven solely by their pricing.