Macy's, JC Pennys, Sears and many more stores are struggling and closing locations. Payless Shoes filed for bankruptcy protection, Gander Mountain is closing most of their locations, Field and Stream locally closed, and for the few places that are still open, the in store selection continues to dwindle. Wal-Mart has even seen pressure and fluctuating sales.
All of this is because of the internet.
Cyber Monday saw double digit percentage increases, while in store black Friday sales saw double digit percentage decreases.
Amazon continues to rule the online shopping experience by massive margins and places like Wal-Mart and Target are amping up their online shopping options in an effort to stay relevant.
But what will all this mean for us in the future? Is there a way to guide this towards reestablishing the mom and pop main street stores and the downtown shopping experience for people who don't want to order something online?
What will the future of retail sales be like? What impacts will it have on downtown and land uses? How much stuff do you buy online vs in a store?