The bad news for retail continues with Credit Suisse’s report that 8,640 stores are projected to close this year. That far eclipses the 6,163 stores that closed at the peak of the recession. The culprit seems to be a combination of e-commerce as well as the over building and expansion of retail.
As similarly reported in previous posts, they are also projecting that a quarter of all malls in the country will close in the next five years with low-end malls being hardest hit. This will not only affect local economies, but it will also leave communities with the task of figuring out what to do with large, vacant and deteriorating buildings in their midsts. The effects of this will unavoidably expand well beyond any mall’s property lines.
Credit Suisse is also projecting e-commerce clothing sales to more than double to 35% of that market by 2030 compared to the current 17%. This sector in particular will be interesting to watch as that shift could mean the closing of stores, but potentially also a shifting towards more omnichannel approaches and smaller ‘guideshops’ replacing current retail models (see Urbanism Next Research Papers for more on this).