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These haunting photos of the retail apocalypse reveal a new normal in America as Sears reportedly prepares for bankruptcy

A retail apocalypse is ripping through America, leaving clearance sales and empty malls in its wake. More than 3,800 stores are set to close across the US in 2018, leaving malls emptier than they have been since 2012.
Part of the former Macy's store at the Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia, has been turned into a homeless shelter.

A closed Macy’s store in a dead mall was turned into a homeless shelter — this is what it looks like inside now

A year after a Macy's store in Alexandria, Virginia closed its doors, the empty department store became a homeless shelter. Here's what it looks like inside now.
The Times Square mall in Hong Kong has 14 floors.

These are the most over-the-top malls in the world

While malls may be struggling in the United States, many around the world are offering so much more than just shopping. Some have amusement parks, massive movie theaters, live entertainment, and more.

Build-A-Bear was forced to shut down its ‘Pay Your Age Day’ deal after huge crowds and ‘madness’ overtook stores across the US...

Build-A-Bear was forced to end its "Pay Your Age Day" deal early on Thursday, after stores were overwhelmed with customers. Photos from Build-A-Bear locations show long lines stretching throughout malls and scenes that some shoppers described as "madness."
Remember the good old days.

Vintage photos from the 1980s show America’s shopping malls in their heyday

Photographer Stephen DiRado spent two and a half years visiting shopping malls in Massachusetts in the 1980s documenting everyday life. The photos that have emerged present unique time capsule of both the decade and a time when shopping malls were at their peak.

Here’s what could happen to America’s hundreds of dead malls

Thousands of mall-based stores — most recently Sears and Claire's — are closing around the US. Urbanism experts say they may transform into schools, gyms, food markets, and community centers.
A rendering of the American Dream Mall in Miami, Florida.

The largest mall in the US is coming to Miami, and it will have a massive indoor water park and ice rink

Miami is building a $4 billion shopping and entertainment complex — called the American Dream — that will be even larger than the Mall of America and King of Prussia. As hundreds of malls close around the US, the American Dream mall could be a more viable model for retail developments in the future.
The renovated Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep school in Waukegan, Illinois.

Before-and-after images show how an abandoned Kmart was transformed into a high school

In the Chicago suburb of Waukegan, Illinois, the design firm JGMA converted an old Kmart into a bright blue-and-green high school. Before the transformation, the big-box store laid abandoned.
Customers return items in store.

Retailers are exploiting a loophole to pay cheaper rents — and it’s choking shopping malls

Mall owners say stores are scoring cheap rents by deducting online shopping returns from their total sales figures. It's shifting the burden from the retailers to the malls themselves.
The Winter Garden atrium is the most stunning part of Brookfield Place.

Take a look inside the most luxurious mall in New York City, where Wall Streeters shop designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci

Brookfield Place is home to luxury shopping, two food courts, and several major banks' offices. Take a look inside.