The retail apocalypse has descended on America.
More than 6,400 stores are expected to close across the country this year.
Department stores like Macy’s, Sears, and JCPenney, and retailers including BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bebe have decided to close dozens of stores.
Walking through a mall in 2017 is like walking through a graveyard.
Here’s photographic evidence that a retail apocalypse is hitting the US hard.
Visits to malls declined by 50% from 2010 to 2013, according to the real-estate research firm Cushman & Wakefield.
In the nearly two years since it closed, Chicago's Lincoln Mall has transformed from a vibrant shopping center into an eerie, deserted wasteland.
The mall closed after many retailers -- including Sears -- shuttered their locations inside the shopping center.
While abandoned malls are spooky, shopping centres in their death throes are scary in a different way.
Regency Square Mall in Richmond, Virginia, is still open -- but numerous storefronts have gone dark as retailers have closed their stores.
The mall's operators have attempted to cover up the closings by installing vending machines in boarded-up walls.
Roughly a third of shopping malls are at risk of dying off as a result of store closings, according to data from Green Street Advisors. When a mall loses an anchor store, like Sears, it can be nearly impossible to survive.
Sears has been hit with both plummeting sales and dwindling inventory, as seen in this empty area of a store in Richmond, Virginia.
At one store in Hillsboro, Ohio, Kmart hung white sheets to hide the area where the grocery section once was.
A July 2016 visit to the flagship Macy's store in Manhattan revealed messy shelves and lots of sales.
It's difficult to convince shoppers that this apparel is high-quality when it's presented so haphazardly.
Still, the Manhattan Macy's is better than the scene at Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall location, days before it closed.
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