- Apr 16, 2014
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People want fun options for food and drink *all of the time*. It's who we have become. Many of the people that come up to LL Bean are (or were) from out-of-state. It's a reason for them to come up to Maine during the colder months. I remember when many or most of the license plates were out-of-state. Today, the LL Bean immediate area is dying. They are going to add food and drink options to increase business. Yes, I know, ironic but truth. And that little outdoor mini-mall across the street is the worst designed retail shopping area in the nation because it's a big yawn. It used to be fun to go to Freeport, but now we want more, and if not, we will buy it online. If LL Bean is the only reason to go, then that's simply the problem. And how does Gen Z get there? They don't have or want or use cars, except for Uber. But if it's a big scene with food and drink and entertainment too, they just might. If Bean were smart, and they are, they would be a kind of wilderness shopping entertainment destination, a la Disneyland. Beanland. Hey, I like that.No one goes to Beans for the food. I do not see the need for any dining establishment ON their campus however all of the noted options should be available within a short distance of the campus. They need to stick to what they are good at not try to become everything to everyone and thus diluting the entire experience.