A new research report from Fung Global Retail & Technology, an international think tank that follows retail and technology trends, uses hard data to outline what retail property owners and managers already know—store closing announcements this year have been off the charts.
Fung Global researchers found that year-to-date in 2017,
store closing announcements in the U.S. increased by 97 percent
year-over-year, to 3,296 locations. The majority of retailers closing
stores are typical mall tenants—department store operators and apparel
and electronics sellers. The chains with the highest number of announced
store closings, for example, include apparel retailer Rue 21 and shoe
seller Payless Inc., each with 400 closings apiece.. . . more