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The Great Retail Apocalypse: Americans spend more at bars and restaurants than at grocery stores.

mybudget360.com / April 16, 2017

The list of retail bankruptcies continues to grow in 2017.  The list includes J.C. Penney, Sears, RadioShack, and just recently Payless.  Of course there is massive growth in dollar stores as Americans are pinched for cash.  There has been a retail apocalypse and part of this has to do with the ridiculous amount of mall space that has been built out over the last few decades.  Just like Blockbuster not seeing Netflix coming, many malls simply assumed things would never change.  Then we get Amazon.  The game has been fully upended and people simply choose to be more selective with what they buy.  For the first time ever, Americans spent more money on bars and restaurants than at grocery stores.  Habits are changing and the Millennial generation simply has different interests.

Too many malls, not enough money

One of the big issues at hand is that too many malls were built assuming nothing was going to change in the way Americans spend their retail dollars.  Big box retailers had a strong hold on the market until giants like Amazon came along and forced them to compete in a different way.  Some are adapting like Wal-Mart and Target that now have a larger online presence.  But places like Payless and Sears simply did not have the bandwidth to keep up.

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