United States Shopping

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  • United States Shopping

Many foreign visitors come to the United States for shopping. America is the birthplace of the modern enclosed "shopping mall" as well as the open-air "shopping center". The largest fashion goods retailer in both the U. S. and the entire world is Macy's, Inc. , another upscale department store is Nordstrom. Midrange nationwide chains include Kohl's, Sears and JCPenney. Large cities still maintain central shopping districts that can be navigated on public transport, but pedestrian-friendly shopping streets are uncommon and usually small. Premium Outlets is the largest chain of outlet centers in the US. Outlet centers are found along major Interstate highways outside of most American cities and they usually has low price and a huge of goods.

American retailers tend to have some of the longest business hours in the world, with chains like Walmart often featuring stores open 24/7. Department stores and other large retailers are usually open from 10 AM to 9 PM most days, and during the winter holiday season, may stay open as long as 8 AM to 11 PM.

Flea markets (swap meets) have dozens if not hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of usually inexpensive merchandise. Some flea markets are highly specialized and aimed at collectors of a particular sort; others just sell all types of items.