Stores Are Replaceable!

The JT’s articles about the closing of Loehmann’s shocked and disappointed me (“For the Love of Loehmann’s,” “Finding One’s Place in a World Without Loehmann’s,” Jan. 17). How can we, in our troubled world and difficult economy, obsess over a retail store closing to the extent that we “want to lie on the floor and cry” and refer to a final shopping spree as a “shopping shiva?”

These descriptions are an insult to anyone who has lost a loved one. The closing of Loehmann’s is a loss for Baltimore, but it is by no means a tragedy. Unlike human beings, stores are replaceable.

I remember the closures of Gimbels and Korvettes in the 1980s and Caldor in the 1990s. I was upset when these stores closed, but I certainly didn’t lie on the floor and cry!

Let’s get real here. Instead of lamenting that we can’t shop at Loehmann’s anymore, let’s mourn for the store’s owners and employees who now have to find other jobs. What a blessing it would be if this world’s biggest problem was a shortage of stores.

I’m sorry for those who loved Loehmann’s. I wish you all the best of success in finding your bargains elsewhere. But please, put it in its proper perspective, and get a life!

Hannah Heller

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