Decade in review: 10 ways retail shopping changed over 10 years
Few decades in history have brought more change to retail shopping than the last 10 years.
This year, more than 9,000 retailers went belly-up or closed stores, according to a tally by Business Insider. Payless Shoes, Dress Barn, Barney’s, Gymboree, Sears, Kmart, Charlotte Russe, Chico’s, Gap, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Office Depot were among the long list of legacy retailers that succumbed in the so-called Great Retail Apocalypse of 2019. Before that, David’s Bridal, Brookstone, Claire’s, Bon-Ton, Toys R Us and Sports Authority, among many others, went down with great thuds. Malls struggle to rent empty space.
Many factors played into this astonishing transformation of the retail landscape. Here is a look back at some of the profound shifts in shopping from 2010 to 2019.