María Lucila Osorio Andrade, researcher at Retail Center of Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Syed Muhammad Fazal-e-Hasan
Recently published exploratory research has suggested COVID-19 control protocols implemented during the pandemic may have altered the values and experiences customers seek within shopping malls. We refer to this as a shift from ‘traditional’ to ‘transformed’. This current study responds directly to calls for a deeper understanding of changes in post-pandemic consumer behaviour. Data were collected from shoppers via an online survey in two stages – pre-COVID (n = 356) and post-COVID (n = 367). Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was employed to test the developed hypotheses, with the key objective to determine if the relationships between the variables have changed. Path invariance was tested using the structural invariance technique, finding the model differed between pre-COVID and post-COVID time points. Results indicate in a post-COVID era, utilitarian and transactional value have a stronger influence on customer's functional experience, leading to revisit intentions, whereas hedonic and social interaction value, have a weaker influence on the customer's social experience within shopping malls. Contributions to knowledge and practice are offered.