Yesterday my wife Carole and I raced through the Meridian Mall for 45 minutes. We were totally shocked that the mall was so busy and thriving. There were a lot of people everywhere in this mall. Lots of families and children. The food court was also crowded.

Like I said, we were amazed at how many people were shopping and spending money. I think people are just fed up with this pandemic and everything that’s going on. Plus, Meridian Mall is kid-friendly with a variety of activities and businesses that can accommodate fun and excitement for families. It was great to walk with my wife at a brisk pace for some solid cardio too. It was refreshing to go out and check out the Meridian Mall. And seeing so many people was great.

I thought there would be tumbleweeds blowing there and it would be like a ghost town, but it was quite the opposite. Maybe even with inflation, gas prices and the pandemic, people will come back to the malls. I hope so!

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