Retail Apocalypse

A vacant department store in Coolidge, Arizona.

Looking to Vacant Retail Spaces for Needed Housing Supply

The Phoenix City Council has taken the first steps toward zoning reforms that can balance out the oversupply of retail spaces at one end of the market and the lack of housing units at the other.

November 8, 2021 - AZ Central

Stay-at-Home Orders

The State of Commercial Corridors (And Hot to Protect Them During the Pandemic)

The pandemic is accelerating recent trends in commercial real estate with potentially catastrophic consequences for the commercial corridors that play such a fundamental role in the urban fabric.

November 25, 2020 - Urban Institute

Retail Apocalypse

J. Crew the First National Apparel Chain to Fall During the Pandemic; More Expected to Follow

Another brutal chapter of the retail apocalypse is underway.

May 5, 2020 - The Washington Post

Retail Uses

A Death Knell for Department Stores

The latest chapter of the retail apocalypse is not a happy one.

April 23, 2020 - The New York Times

American Dream Meadowlands

American Dream Mall, Delayed Due to Coronavirus, Will Open Testing Facility

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.

April 16, 2020 - Business Insider

Oktoberfest

Beloved Businesses Should Not Struggle Silently

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.

March 5, 2020 - Josh Stephens

Backpacking

Retail Apocalypse Blazes New Trails

The demise of a beloved outdoors gear chain in Southern California suggests that no store is safe in America's high-priced cities.

December 19, 2019 - California Planning & Development Report

Mall Makeovers Have a Mixed-Use Flavor

Malls in metropolitan Atlanta are thinking outside the (big) box to reposition in the age of the retail apocalypse.

March 8, 2019 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Big Box Store

Understanding the 'Dark Store Theory' Costing Local Governments Millions in Property Tax

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.

January 17, 2019 - The New York Times

Christmas Shopping

6 Charts to Summarize the 'Retail Apocalypse' in 2018

2018 was more of the same for the demise of retail businesses in the United States.

December 31, 2018 - CityLab

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