Store-based retail was already struggling with internet consumption trends before the coronavirus crisis.
A visitor looks down an empty hallway at The Fashion Mall at Keystone in Indianapolis. Simon Property Group, the largest owner of shopping malls in the nation, closed all of its malls and retail properties because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
A Lowe's customer wears a mask as he loads goods into his car Friday, April 3, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Lowe’s announced Tuesday that all of its stores and distribution centers in the United States and Canada will be closed on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
In this March 23, 2020, photo, a man crosses the street in front of Macy's in New York. Macy's is furloughing most of its 130,000 workers as its sales have collapsed because of the coronavirus pandemic. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
A couple walks past a closed retail store Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Home Depot customers carry their purchases as they leave the store April 3, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A Home Depot customer pushes a cart loaded with supplies, Friday, April 3, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A closed sign hangs in the window of a shop in Portsmouth, N.H., March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Mannequins stand on display in a clothing store window in Quincy Market in Boston. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all nonessential businesses to close in an effort to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Mike Goodhartt and other workers at the L.L. Bean shipping center in Freeport, Maine, box donated canned foods to be distributed for food pantries across the state of Maine. The outdoor retailer has experienced sinking sales because of the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
A sign indicates a closed business in downtown Surfside, Fla., after Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and "non-essential" commercial and retail businesses closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A sign is posted to inform visitors about store closings in the Design District neighborhood of Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
They were once the giants of American retail. But Sears, JCPenney and others may not be able to survive the coronavirus crisis.
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