Now that Olathe’s Great Mall will have a new owner (7/24, Business), I hope the first thing on the agenda is a thorough makeover.
Between the disorienting casino carpeting and the chaotic jumble of signs suspended overhead, just walking through the mall gives me an instant headache and a sense of claustrophobia. It forces me to get in and out as quickly as possible or avoid the place altogether.
Wondering if it was just me, I’ve asked mall employees. They mentioned similar side effects that they or their co-workers experienced. It’s as if the place was designed specifically to drive away merchants and customers. What a waste.
Olathe residents would welcome a mall. Let’s hope they get it right this time
Donna J. Butler