It’s a brisk winter day. The snow is falling.
You’re finishing up your Christmas shopping at the redeveloped West Manchester Mall.
You have several stores you need to visit. They are spread around the open air center.
But it’s cold.
And you don’t want to walk around.
Because, really, how fun is walking around outside when it’s too cold to feel your face?
That’s what reader Peggy Powell envisions.
She likes the West Manchester Mall’s current set up. She doesn’t want to see it change into an open air format.
“Maybe it’s my age, but when its 90 to 100 degrees, there’s no way I’m going shopping along the street,” she said. “When it’s snowing or cold, I prefer the indoor mall. I think it’s a shame.”
Powell, 69, moved to Dover Township from Baltimore, where she shopped at the indoor White Marsh Mall.
Then, they built The Avenue at White Marsh.
Powell wasn’t a fan of the venue, which describes itself as a “nostalgic outdoor Main Street reminiscent of a less hurried time in America.”
Sure, she wishes the West Manchester Mall had more stores.
But between the Auntie Anne’s pretzels, Subway and movie theater, there’s plenty for her to do.
“We think the West Manchester Mall is fantastic,” she said. “I don’t understand what the reasoning is in not enclosing it. At Christmas time, people don’t really want to be out in the elements.”