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Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

It couldn't have been easy to cut off this list at just ten.

The 10 retailers most likely to fail in 2017.

This is one of those awful "listicle" articles which forces you to click through 11 pages of pictures to get through maybe two pages worth of text. So I'll spare you and just list the ten here.

Sears.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.

Tailored Brands which includes Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank.

Fenix (auto) Parts.

Perfumania.

Destination XL big & tall men's clothing.

Bebe Stores.

Bon-Ton Stores.

Appliance Recycling Centers of America.

DGSE Companies, dealing in "jewelry, coins and other valuables."

Everybody knows about Sears and its trouble. Back in the '90s, they could have converted their massive and popular catalog sales to the internet, and become Amazon before Amazon did. But they didn't, and the rest is (soon to be) history. And they'll take K-Mart with them.

The writing has been on the wall for general brick & mortar retailers for a long time now. And it's no big surprise seeing men's clothing stores failing, given how little most men seem to enjoy going out and shopping.

But look at those niche women's retailers who can't seem to cut it. Dying anchor stores are taking the rest of your local mall with them.

When was the last time you went to the mall just to shop? Not to run in and run out for that one thing you need right now, but to walk around and see what's new, and maybe come home with a few bags of things?

A couple years? A decade? Longer?