I heard the same thing on another thread that this was the case. I haven't seen proof of it, but if so, the costs of parking are more than offset by a reduction in charging fees. Seem like a win to me.
Maybe stores will issue a parking receipt if you’re shopping and buy something while charging. My friend was I think in Philadelphia with his Tesla and there was a pay garage there. Believe some local businesses and restaurants were giving vouchers to customers.
Parking garages in dense urban areas are more likely to be pay to park anyway or monthly fee, so throw in EV charging there no difference really. Those of us use to wide open suburban parking lots and free parking have it good.
Pretty much all the retailers there validate for a minimum of one hour. There's a Starbucks, Robek Juice & Ben & Jerry's so plenty of choices. Unfortunately, parking booth hours are 24/7 so no free parking to charge during discounted rates.
Valid point, though not really applicable, if the charging fees and indeed reduced. And while I do not feel obligated to give business to local shops, that is somewhat how Tesla negotiates use of real estate: Give us space to us, and we will bring in customers.