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The Retail Apocalypse Isn’t Over: More Store Closures Expected In 2020

Mac Slavo
December 26th, 2019
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More than 9,300 retail department stores have shut their doors this year.  As 2020 comes at us quickly, most are expecting the retail apocalypse to drag on.

While we are told consumerism and spending remains high, retail establishments are closing down: most permanently. Retailers actually set a new record for store closures in 2019 at a time when all the talking heads continue to say retail spending is high. In fact, Payless ShoeSource filed for bankruptcy in February and said it planned to close all of its 2,500 stores in what could be the largest retail liquidation in history.

Some of the stores will continue to close in 2020, but others are expected to announce their closures as well.  This is not being offset by store openings either, as only 3,500 stores have opened their doors in 2019, according to the Motley Fool.  These numbers were reported in October, and could be higher now, however, they aren’t high enough to offset the 9,300 closings.

A, nalyst at B. Riley FBR says that the retail industry remains oversupplied with stores and that the shakeout underway could continue for another 18 to 24 months. According to the industry site Retail Dive, analyst Scott Carpenter suggests as much as 30% of existing retail space “would cease to exist in its current form, as consumer buying trends shift increasingly online.”

The wreckage is being felt at the shopping mall. With customer traffic in decline, mall operators are considering drastic measures to forestall the inevitable. Simon Property Group is considering bailing out troubled retailers, using some of its $6.8 billion in liquidity to keep its tenants afloat. –Motley Fool

While there are more than a few retailers who still seem well-positioned to expand, many others are financially distressed having taken on way too much debt putting them on the verge of bankruptcy as well. As the “retail apocalypse” stretches out over the next year or two, we’re likely to witness more closures from across the industry.


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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: December 26th, 2019
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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  1. Mr_Yesterday says:

    One might consider to stop the government subsidizing online retail giants with virtually free shipping and no taxation. Chaos by design. Bribes go a very long way, it’s a fact.

  2. Genius says:

    There is no store in my small town that sells underwear or regular socks. Except walmart, which I boycott so I ordered them from ebay. Fast shipping, good price, and fruit of the loom brand (boycott Hanes). Too bad so sad for POS retailers that people are waking up to that support all kinds of anti-amurikan things. I vote with my wallet (NO amazon, walmart, Dicks, or any plethora of credens). If you don’t vote with your wallet then your just as bad as them and YOU SUCK! Have a nice day traitors….

    • rellik says:

      Good to see you are still around! What do you think of the new censorship rules?
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      any advice on how to roof mount on a a bare framed shed
      I don’t want to buy those over priced racks. I’ll use the panels as a leaky roof for my cows to get out of the sun.
      I’ll be curious to see if this change of subject survives.

  3. Clown World says:

    I am just barely old enough to have seen the leftovers of dept stores with formal music and fixtures like opera houses, before it got brownwashed with a pressure hose. If you want to call it a temple to consumerism, you would dress and act with decorum, then.

  4. Totally agree with you