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10 retailers on the 2020 death watch

The Motley Fool Logo By Jeremy Bowman of The Motley Fool | Slide 1 of 12: Things were already hard enough for brick-and-mortar retailers before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Online retailers like Amazon were taking market share and mall traffic was declining as shopping habits have shifted.However, the COVID-19 outbreak has presented a threat to the industry unlike any before it. Retailers across the country are closing stores to prevent the spread of the virus, and even when they reopen, customers may be reluctant to shop in a crowded store depending on what's happening with the health crisis.Additionally, there will almost certainly be a recession, which will tamp down spending further.In that environment and with the current crisis, a number of retailers would be likely to close their doors. Here are 10 that could fall into the abyss. 5 Winning Stocks Under $49 We hear it over and over from investors, “I wish I had bought Amazon or Netflix when they were first recommended by the Motley Fool. I’d be sitting on a gold mine!” And it’s true. And while Amazon and Netflix have had a good run, we think these 5 other stocks are screaming buys. And you can buy them now for less than $49 a share! Simply click here to learn how to get your copy of “5 Growth Stocks Under $49” for FREE for a limited time only.

A new threat

Things were already hard enough for brick-and-mortar retailers before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Online retailers like Amazon were taking market share and mall traffic was declining as shopping habits have shifted.

However, the COVID-19 outbreak has presented a threat to the industry unlike any before it. Retailers across the country are closing stores to prevent the spread of the virus, and even when they reopen, customers may be reluctant to shop in a crowded store depending on what's happening with the health crisis.

Additionally, there will almost certainly be a recession, which will tamp down spending further.

In that environment and with the current crisis, a number of retailers would be likely to close their doors. Click through the gallery above for 10 that could fall into the abyss.

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