Disco GAP, nightclub H&M, cabaret Gymboree

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Spacers's picture
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Disco GAP, nightclub H&M, cabaret Gymboree

When did the mall get so freaking noisy?

I headed over to the mall at lunch yesterday because Tiven needs some new clothes. The mall itself wasn't too bad, but the music inside each store was so loud, it was absolutely intolerable. When I walked into Old Navy, my head just about exploded from the noise. They were doing some construction work and it seemed they had the music turned up in an attempt to drown it out. I didn't even try to find the kids department, I just turned around and left. I went into H&M and the music was just as loud. A worker asked if she could help me, and I said, "Yes, you can. You can turn down the music." She tipped her head to the side, listening, and then said, "I don't think it's any louder than it usually is." I said, "It's too loud. I can't shop here." And it was the same thing at Gymboree. Gymboree! A place where people bring tiny little newborns, sounded like a nightclub; I didn't even go in. JCrew was the only store where I actually shopped. The music was not only at a decent level, but it was also calming & serene. I could feel my body relax, I wanted to be in there, I wanted to give them my money. Blum 3 I've emailed all the corporate headquarters of these stores with my observations. Old Navy replied, surprisingly fast, with the suggestion that I shop their online store. I'm not sure I really want to. Why should I give them my money when they made shopping at their store such an unpleasant experience?

I guess this is more of a rant than a debate, LOL. Anyone else have this experience? Did you just switch to shopping online, or did you switch to different stores? I love the mall, I could spend hours at the mall, or at least I used to. I love taking Tiven to the mall & shopping together; shopping online just isn't the same.

Joined: 08/17/04
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I've only noticed it with Abercrombie and Hollister and I hate them. I hate the smells they pump out as we. We lost our closest Old Navy so I don't go often anymore and Gymboree has a tv in the back instead playing kid shows. I never really shop at H&M so I can't comment on that.

Joined: 03/14/09
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Yes! I notice this when I shop abroad. Abercrombie makes me want to tear my hair out.

mommytoMR.FACE's picture
Joined: 04/10/09
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Yes, I also notice it. Good thing I don't shop at those stores, though.

Starryblue702's picture
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I agree with the Abercrombie comments... and the smell that comes out of that store is intolerable (too much cologne?)! I haven't really had a problem at any other stores, though. And I would be pissed if they told me to just shop online. Shopping online for toys or things like it is one thing, but who wants to shop online for clothes? I like to be able to try things on, and on my children, so that's out for me! I would have been upset at the noise level, too.

Joined: 08/17/04
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Abercrombie pipes the smell through. It's not the cologne.

Joined: 06/04/07
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The only place I can't tolerate is Abercrombie due to the smells... Gymboree is great at ours with just a t.v. for kids to distract them. The only issue I have with H&M is not the noise, but the messiness in the store.

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Joined: 09/17/07
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I do 90% of my shopping online. The other 10% is bringing stuff from online back and/or exchanging it.

RebeccaA'07's picture
Joined: 11/19/07
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For the most part, the stores aren't noisy here with the exception of the "teen" type stores (like Abercrombie). But I don't shop at those places, so not an issue for me. I frequently shop gymboree/childrens place and Old Navy...I have never had issues with music!

Spacers's picture
Joined: 12/29/03
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The Gymboree that is closer to my home, I've never noticed music playing; they usually have some cartoon playing on a TV toward the back. This store in the mall, it sounded like cartoon music, like they were piping the TV sound throughout the store. Only slightly better than the techno beat stuff at H&M, but still way too loud.

mommytoMR.FACE's picture
Joined: 04/10/09
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I walked by Hollister the other day and my ears wanted to bleed. Also, on more than one occasion, I have been skipped a greeting because I wasn't dressed like the clothes they sell. Nor am I cutesy skinny. They and Abercrombie lost my business a long time ago.

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Joined: 08/15/06
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Children's Place plays some pretty loud music, but what I consider loud is definitely not by other people's standards. My ears ring from a medium volume of music. We don't have Hollister or Abercrombie in my local mall, but AE and H&M are stores that I don't go into anyway. I buy most of my kids' clothes in used clothing stores, and those places don't typically blast music. Come to think of it, I don't know if they play music at all. My local Gap usually plays this cool jazz stuff or pleasant R&B/alternative. It's not loud at all - just barely audible. It's the same in Gap Kids since the stores are connected. Makes sense - they're appealing to the parents who are shopping for their kids.