FGCAR Urges Decisive Action as Retail Presence Shrinks

A recent June 2017 report from Credit Suisse estimates that between 20% and 25% of the nation’s shopping malls will close in the next five years as shoppers’ habits continue to shift from in-store to online buying. Traditional mall anchors such as Macy’s, J.C. Penney, and Sears have announced widespread store closings in recent months, and a number of niche clothiers like American Apparel and BCBG Max Azria have filed for bankruptcy. The report estimates that around 8,640 stores will close by the end of the year.1 These problems will be particularly acute in retail-intensive areas like shopping streets and malls.

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