America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

 

  • Rue21 may be latest casualty as it prepares bankruptcy filing
  • Amazon is gobbling up most of the industry’s online growth

The battered American retail industry took a few more lumps this week, with stores at both ends of the price spectrum preparing to close their doors.

At the bottom, the seemingly ubiquitous Payless Inc. shoe chain filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to shutter hundreds of locations. Ralph Lauren Corp., meanwhile, said it will close its flagship Fifth Avenue Polo store — a symbol of old-fashioned luxury that no longer resonates with today’s shoppers. Continue reading