The mall sees a few benefits too. Walkers, after all, are potential shoppers who might spend money on clothes, kitchen appliances, coffee and whatever the stores happen to be selling.
“It’s really a win-win,” said Braun Roosa, the mall general manager. “They get to walk, and we get traffic.”
Mounds offers a “Mall Cruisers” club for people 55 and older, which meets Thursday mornings. There are also free blood pressure checks, chair exercise classes and health clinics.
It is no surprise that mall walkers are early birds, arriving in the morning before store traffic picks up.
“Sometimes, there’ll be a blizzard outside and they’ll be waiting to get in,” Roosa said. “They really want to walk.”
Baylee Pulliam is a writer for the Anderson, Ind., Herald Bulletin.