By Beau Arnason
The rise of online and mobile shopping has prompted years of introspection laced with concern from retail professionals. The convenience, accessibility, and growing popularity of online platforms spurred speculation from inside and outside the industry that brick-and-mortar retail was a dinosaur on the glide path to, if not extinction, then irrelevance.
Despite the pressures of COVID and the resulting increase in online commerce, brick-and-mortar has remained strong. In some ways, traditional retail spaces are experiencing a resurgence in the wake of a post-pandemic recalibration.
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