UBS expects 50,000 store closures in the U.S. over the next 5 years after pandemic pause
A pandemic shakeup in 2020 led to a surge in store closures, coupled with dozens retailers filing for bankruptcy, which emptied out shopping malls and left vacancies scattered along the streets major markets including New York City.

The aftermath, though, was a temporary relief from closures, as companies took the chance in 2020 to quickly slim down their store counts when consumers were holed up at home. In fact, in 2021, retailers reported net store openings, marking a sudden reversal from years of net declines. Companies seized the opportunity to take advantage of cheap rents and an eagerness among Americans to get out and shop again...

Key Points
  • While analysts at UBS see more pain ahead, it’s not as many closures as the investment bank had initially projected about a year ago.

  • UBS is now projecting between 40,000 to 50,000 retail stores in the United States closing over the next five years, down from the 80,000 closures it previously forecasted.
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RSK: Good News! Retail remains strong especially if partnered with on-line marketing.



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