PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, January 29, 2016

Are Big Store Closings Creating ‘Retail Deserts’?

A closed sign is seen on a Walmart store in Chinatown that is part of the closure of 154 store locations across the U.S., in Los Angeles, California on January 28, 2016. The US retailing giant Walmart recently announced it is shuttering 269 stores inside and outside the U.S., with Latin America the hardest-hit foreign market. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

A closed sign is seen on a Walmart store in Chinatown that is part of the closure of 154 store locations across the U.S., in Los Angeles, California on January 28, 2016. The U.S. retailing giant Walmart recently announced it is shuttering 269 stores inside and outside the country, with Latin America the hardest-hit foreign market. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been a mixed bag for retail so far this year, with announcements from Macy’s and Wal-Mart of store closings, while online shopping numbers continue to tick up. As the market finds its balance, some customers have fewer and fewer options when it comes to shopping.

Neil Saunders, managing director of the retail research firm Conlumino, talks with Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti about why some parts of the U.S. might become “retail deserts.”

Guest


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 23 29 Comments

The Politics Of Home Ownership

Author Brian McCabe finds that our belief about home ownership as a way to improve civic life doesn't necessarily pan out

May 23 15 Comments

How Political Cartoonists Are Watching The Presidential Campaign

For cartoonists Marshall Ramsey, Darrin Bell and Gary Varvel, it's been a mixture of hilarity and sadness.

May 20 2 Comments

Olympic Swimmer: After Russian Doping, ‘No Confidence’ Of Fair Competition In Rio

Olympic athletes from around the world are outraged at the latest doping allegations out of Russia.

May 20 12 Comments

Oklahoma Bill Criminalizing Abortion Is Most Likely Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, unless it is to save the life of the mother.