And the smell test says things aren’t doing so good.
There are stores in the mall where the cashier is doing secondary tasks – cleaning, or paperwork. In other words, NOT ringing up sales or collecting money or any of the other things that should be happening for a good shopping season.
Walmart – Wednesday night, and I pass two of them – is half to 3/4 full. Using previous “good” years, it should be packed. We’re in the final countdown.
I’m going to do one more test on this series. Saturday – Christmas Eve – I’ll drive by Walmart and Mall. If it’s not too packed looking, I’ll stick my head in the doors and see what the checkout lines are doing. At this point, though, I’m projecting a recession-like sales season.