Yes, physical stores, (retail outlets), will always exist in some form or fashion because we are physical beings. Grocery stores and restaurants have been around for centuries and I think these two examples will always exist, especially at the neighborhood level.
Grocery stores will still exist, I never want to have to buy food online. I believe there will be fewer clothes and shoe shops as many people these days (including myself) buy clothes and shoes online.
Yeah, I think it's a safe bet they will, even in 30 years time, I don't see how a retail outlet like say Wal-Mart will be an online store only. Especially since with people having kids. When it's "back to school" they want the kids to try on clothes before buying them and when it's christmas, they'll wait til the last minute where you can't buy something online and expect it to get there on time.
I went to a food swap the other day. The idea is, you make a bunch of food, and you package it somehow. You go to the swap and set up your table, you look at/sample everybody's food, and you write your name on their paper if you want to trade. There is a small movement for this and it's growing. It's really back to an old-fashioned kinds of thing. Local, homemade, DIY, whatever. Farmer's markets are also becoming increasingly popular in certain areas.
This could be a new kind of store. I'm not sure how I would feel about that. Right now it's always temporary locations. There's good and bad aspects. But it's one possibility.
For me it's a case of turning against mass production and disposable overpackaging and chemicals in our food that we don't know what they are. As well as disrespect for animals and plants and the environment.
One thing I would like to see is a delivery network. Particularly in urban areas where there is public transportation. I would like to go to a store, pick out what I want, and have it all packed up and delivered to my house, say 3-8 hours from now. Or 1-5 hours from now if it is almost time for the next delivery to go out. This would make shopping very convenient for me, particularly where I need large, bulky, or many items. More people could use the public trans instead of "needing" their car or truck. Congestion would go down and streets would need less repair.
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In general places like gas stations and restaraunts will still continue to exist but I think all lot of the smaller store have a strong chance of disappearing. Smaller retail stores but places like Costco Walmart and large grocery chains will carry on.