Struggling chains that have closed some, or all, of their stores

Updated 4:00 am, Monday, June 26, 2017

As e-commerce websites like Amazon lead in online sales, some traditional brick-and-mortar stores are losing the battle of relevance. This year, several retailers closed their doors and more closures are expected to follow.

We’ve taken a look at national retailers that permanently closed, as well as companies that have downsized by closing many shops across the county since the start of 2017.

Macy’s, Sears and J.C. Penney are just some of the chains that succumbed to store closures, but those stores certainly were in better shape than others.

You may recall teen chains American Apparel and Wet Seal struggled to remain open before both companies ultimately closed all operations earlier this year. 

But fashion destinations weren’t the only victims. Store closures also included electronics and office supply stops like Radio Shack and Office Depot.

One of the troubles that have forced company closure has been the shift in consumer trends, with preferences to online shopping over in-store, according to an article by Forbes.

The problem isn’t that consumers are shopping less. In fact, spending is up. But most of it is online, according to an article by NRP.

Still, even as online sales soar, it has ironically hurt retailers.  

“Brick-and-mortar stores aren’t just competing with rivals; their sales are being cannibalized by their own online operations, where profit margins are thinner,” Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst for The NPD Group, told NPR.

Take a look at the slideshow above to see store closures this year.

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