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An estimated 12,000 brick and mortar stores could close by the end of 2019

Brick and mortar stores keep on closing, and experts say the trend isn’t slowing down. Coresight Research says more than 7,000 stores are slated to shutter this year with thousands of locations already gone. They say the record year for closings was 2017, with 8,139 shuttered stores, and they expect the closings to continue into future years.

USB analysts predict that 75,000 more stores will need to be closed by 2026 if e-commerce continues to gain traction, jumping from its current level of 16 percent up to 25 percent. Stores that have recently closed many locations include Payless ShoeSource, Gymboree/Crazy 8, Dressbarn, Charlotte Russe and now, Charming Charlie.