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These haunting photos of the retail apocalypse reveal a new normal in America

Business Insider Logo By Kate Taylor of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 41:  More than 3,800 stores are set to close across the United States in 2018. Retailers including Walgreens, Toys R Us, and Gap are closing hundreds of stores each.  A retail apocalypse is ripping through the industry, leaving clearance sales and empty malls in its wake. The  retail apocalypse has descended on America. More than 3,800 stores are expected to close across the country this year. Department stores like Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney, and retailers including Toys R Us, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bebe have decided to close dozens of stores. A new survey by commercial real estate company Reis found that malls are emptier than they have been since 2012,  CNBC reported. The vacancy rate in regional and super-regional malls hit 8.6% in the second quarter, up from 8.4% in the prior quarter.  With vacancy rates continuing to rise, walking through a mall in 2018 is like walking through a graveyard. Here's photographic evidence that a retail apocalypse is hitting the United States hard:

  • More than 3,800 stores are set to close across the United States in 2018.
  • Retailers including Walgreens, Toys R Us, and Gap are closing hundreds of stores each.
  • A retail apocalypse is ripping through the industry, leaving clearance sales and empty malls in its wake.
  • The retail apocalypse has descended on America.

    More than 3,800 stores are expected to close across the country this year. Department stores like Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney, and retailers including Toys R Us, BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bebe have decided to close dozens of stores.

    A new survey by commercial real estate company Reis found that malls are emptier than they have been since 2012, CNBC reported. The vacancy rate in regional and super-regional malls hit 8.6% in the second quarter, up from 8.4% in the prior quarter.

    With vacancy rates continuing to rise, walking through a mall in 2018 is like walking through a graveyard.

    Here's photographic evidence that a retail apocalypse is hitting the United States hard:

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