i find it sad to see the empty/for lease stores of downtown.
i too rarely see shoppers in those high end stores, except when the cruise ships are in......i do not know how they sell enough stuff to pay their rent and their clerks.
in days past, all those shops including the less pricey ones had plenty of customers....then again in those days many had more $$$ to spend.
We go every year in Aug or Oct & there are many South Americans there at that time, but still not many in the shops. I do agree that any time I do see someone with a bag from those shops they are South American I believe.