My View: Arizona, are you ready for the rise of destination retail?

This article originally appeared in the Phoenix Business Journal

Every parent knows that getting out of the house for even a simple errand can often feel like it requires an advanced degree in logistics. Stroller. Check. Diaper bag. Check. Bottle. Check. Toys. Check.

This added complexity and the availability of online outlets like Amazon and Instacart often limits excursions to only the necessities. Leisurely trips for some retail therapy seem like an impossible luxury. However, some retail experiences make the traveling circus worth it. For example, when my son’s face lights up at the sight of the fountains at Scottsdale Quarter, mom and dad know they’ve bought themselves some time to check out a store or two. Maybe even a drink at one of the retail center’s restaurants if we’re lucky. The kid does like a good happy hour. It’s this type of experience that keeps us coming back.

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