By Lisa Haven

Across America, there are more graveyard malls than ever before. The scenes are nearly apocalyptic in nature. The vacancy rate in malls has increased by 8.3% in the first quarter–which is at its highest since the fourth quarter of 2012. A real estate data firm has revealed that out of 77 metropolitan areas, 41 of those areas experiencing an increase in vacancy. Part of this slump has to do with the fact that customers can easily buy products online, instead of dragging themselves to malls, many of which haven’t been updated in years. Though this is adding to the issue, it’s not the only problem that will come as a result of this ‘apocalypse.’ All that and more below…

Here’s a list of a few stores that are closing in 2018 (Compiled by Michael Snyder at the Economic Collapse Blog) :

Abercrombie & Fitch: 60 more stores are charted to close

Aerosoles: Only 4 of their 88 stores are definitely remaining open

American Apparel: They’ve filed for bankruptcy and all their stores have closed (or will soon)

BCBG: 118 stores have closed

Bebe: Bebe is history and all 168 stores have closed

Bon-Ton: They’ve filed for Chapter 11 and will be closing 48 stores.

The Children’s Place: They plan to close hundreds of stores by 2020 and are going digital.

CVS: They closed 70 stores but thousands still remain viable.

Foot Locker: They’re closing 110 underperforming stores shortly.

Guess: 60 stores will bite the dust this year.

Gymboree: A whopping 350 stores will close their doors for good this year

HHGregg: All 220 stores will be closed this year after the company filed for bankruptcy.

J. Crew: They’ll be closing 50 stores instead of the original 20 they had announced.

J.C. Penney: They’ve closed 138 stores and plan to turn all the remaining ones into toy stores.

The Limited: All 250 retail locations have been closed and they’ve gone digital in an effort to remain in business.

Macy’s: 7 more stores will soon close and more than 5000 employees will be laid off.

Michael Kors: They’ll close 125 stores this year.

Payless: They’ll be closing a whopping 800 stores this year after recently filing for bankruptcy.

Radio Shack: More than 1000 stores have been shut down this year, leaving them with only 70 stores nationwide.

Rue 21: They’ll be closing 400 stores this year.

Sears/Kmart: They’ve closed over 300 locations.

ToysRUs: They’ve filed for bankruptcy but at this point, have not announced store closures, and have in fact, stated their stores will remain open.

Wet Seal: This place is history – all 171 stores will soon be closed.



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