Hello. I have a question about usage of "prefer to.... rather than...".

In the sentence 'Young customers prefer to buy their clothes on the internet nowaydays rather than shopping in the nearby store or department store face to face.'

Does the sentence above imply customers think nearby store or department store is not good or disapprove of those stores?
In addition, is it still grammatical if I omit "rather" in the sentence('Young customers....face to face)?

Thank you in advance.
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tory303Hello. I have a question about usage of "prefer to.... rather than...".In the sentence 'Young customers prefer to buy their clothes on the internet nowaydays rather than shopping in the nearby store or department store face to face.' Does the sentence above imply customers think nearby store or department store is not good or disapprove of those stores?
Rather than means instead of.

"Young customers prefer to buy their clothes on the internet nowadays instead of shopping in the nearby store or department face to face."
tory303Does the sentence above imply customers think nearby store or department store is not good or disapprove of those stores?
No. They just want to stay home and buy what they need on the internet.
tory303In addition, is it still grammatical if I omit "rather" in the sentence('Young customers....face to face)?
No. If you wanted to use than, you would have to change the sentence: "Young customers would rather buy their clothes on the internet nowadays than shop..."
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