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Retail Apocalypse

May 5, 2020, 7am PDT
Another brutal chapter of the retail apocalypse is underway.
The Washington Post
April 23, 2020, 6am PDT
The latest chapter of the retail apocalypse is not a happy one.
The New York Times
April 16, 2020, 7am PDT
Delays have been part of the story with the American Dream mall in New Jersey since its earliest inception, and the mall has been lauded in the past for evolving to match the American retail landscape.
Business Insider
Blog post
March 5, 2020, 8am PST
The demise of local businesses reached a crisis point long ago. To survive, they must resort to desperate measures—by actually asking for help. If they don't, the urban fabric will suffer.
Josh Stephens
December 19, 2019, 10am PST
The demise of a beloved outdoors gear chain in Southern California suggests that no store is safe in America's high-priced cities.
California Planning & Development Report
March 8, 2019, 2pm PST
Malls in metropolitan Atlanta are thinking outside the (big) box to reposition in the age of the retail apocalypse.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 17, 2019, 5am PST
The New York Times takes a deep dive into the "dark store theory" costing local municipalities millions, and potentially more, in property tax revenues all over the country.
The New York Times
December 31, 2018, 7am PST
2018 was more of the same for the demise of retail businesses in the United States.
CityLab
June 24, 2018, 11am PDT
The decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair certainly didn't hurt traditional retailers, but they're still going to have to help themselves in the face of competition from online retail.
Globe St.
March 23, 2018, 10am PDT
Chicago-based Foxtrot looks to expand their new convenience store concept with a nationwide roll-out.
Modern Cities
March 22, 2018, 1pm PDT
Two major grocery store companies announced bankruptcy this week, sparking fears that the "retail apocalypse" has expanded to food retailers.
The Washington Post
March 15, 2018, 7am PDT
Toys R Us will shut down all its remaining stores in the final blow of a process that began with bankruptcy filing in September 2017.
NPR via KPCC
March 2, 2018, 5am PST
It's a free online video game, in retro 8-bit style. What could go wrong?
Bloomberg
March 1, 2018, 2pm PST
In places like San Jose, "new approaches to the storefront" are paying dividends for physical retailers willing to experiment.
SPUR
December 28, 2017, 9am PST
The trend of store closures sweeping the nation has not passed up New York City. The Guardian takes an in-depth look at the market forces at work on the famous commercial corridors of New York City.
The Guardian
December 22, 2017, 12pm PST
While warehousing and ecommerce jobs are steadily increasing in most parts of the country, rural areas are particularly hard hit by the struggles of the retail sector.
Indeed Hiring Lab
November 22, 2017, 5am PST
David Duyen identifies an under-reported culprit in the so-called "retail apocalypse," and challenges policy makers to respond.
New Republic
October 17, 2017, 7am PDT
Ross Stores continues its expansion in the face of a much-foretold retail apocalypse. The shopping experience it provides may be one reason it can stand up to Amazon.
The Business Journals
Feature
October 3, 2017, 5am PDT
The question of whether Amazon's ownership of Whole Foods will make opportunities, or take them away, is still up for debate.
William Riggs, Justin Jiang
September 4, 2017, 1pm PDT
Reports of the death of brick and mortar retail have been greatly exaggerated, according to a new analysis.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch