Topic: In some countries, small town-centre shops are going out of business because people tend to drive to large out-of-town stores. As a result, people without cars have limited access to out-of town stores, and this may result in
an increase in the use of cars.
Do you think the disadvantages of this change outweigh its advantages?

My essay:

It is true that in some countries, the increasing popularity of huge shopping malls located in the outskirts areas has forced in-town mini shops shut down. While I acknowledge the drawbacks of this trend, I would argue that those are outweighed by their benefits.

On the one hand, there are a number of negative effects associated with this phenomenon. The first obvious one is that owners of small in-town shops will go bankrupt, leading to hundreds, even thousands of their employees to lose their jobs and unable to pay the bills. This could also result in a higher unemployment rate. Another pitfall is that since the distance between houses and stores becomes longer, this could be a factor contributing to the decision to purchase a new car. And when people have a car available in their houses, it is no surprise that it will be the first thing that pops up their mind when thinking about traveling.

On the other hand, it seems to me that the benefits of this trend are more to compensate for the negative impacts. First, people are prone to pay fewer visits to out-of-two stores because it would be more time consuming compared to in-town stores, resulting in less frequent car journeys for shopping. Not to mention other means of transport offering to consumers by those big shopping malls. Second, more land will be available for public interests such as parks, hospitals, and educational buildings. Constructions that contribute to the day-to-day life of residents.

In conclusion, shopping habits shifting from small stores to out-of-town giants lead to a number of positive as well as negative changes in dwellers’ lives. In my opinion, the benefits gained are more significant than such pitfalls.

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