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Americans Are Ditching Shopping Malls Because They Want Less “Things”

Published on May 20, 2016 by   ·   No Comments


 James Holbrooks

The rise of online shopping and changing attitudes among millennials are some of the chief reasons that a third of American shopping malls may close in the near future, says a retail analyst.

On the heels of department store behemoth Macy’s reporting of a 7.4 percent plunge in revenue for the first quarter of 2016, financial consultant and retail analyst Jan Kniffen told CNBC that falling sales at anchor stores like Macy’s and JCPenney likely spell doom for a good portion of shopping malls.

If you look into the future, not that far,” he said on the business program Squawk Box, “we’ve got 1,100 enclosed malls in America. We probably need 700.”

Even among the malls that survive the coming years, Kniffen predicts that only about 250 will thrive while the rest struggle to keep their doors open.

Currently, the U.S. has an estimated 48 square feet of retail space per citizen — by far the most on the planet. By comparison, the U.K. — who comes in at number two — has roughly half the retail space per person.

The bottom line, according to Kniffen, is that America is “the most over-stored place in the world.”

Macy’s poor earnings report comes after a dismal holiday shopping season for the retailer — so bad, in fact, that the company cut 4,800 jobs almost immediately after Christmas.

But Macy’s — the nation’s largest department store chain — is far from alone in its profit woes.

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