17 eerie photos of abandoned stores that have shuttered in the retail apocalypse

A closed Sears at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images Brick-and-mortar stores are closing in the ongoing retail apocalypse.Abandoned Sears, Toys R Us, and Blockbuster stores have fallen into disrepair.These photos show empty shelves, abandoned parking lots, and the remnants of store signs.Visit Insider’s homepage for more…

17 eerie photos of abandoned stores that have shuttered in the retail apocalypse

A closed Sears at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Brick-and-mortar stores are closing in the ongoing retail apocalypse.Abandoned Sears, Toys R Us, and Blockbuster stores have fallen into disrepair.These photos show empty shelves, abandoned parking lots, and the remnants of store signs.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.As the retail apocalypse drags on into 2020, an increasing number of brick-and-mortar stores are buckling under pressure from online competitors.Beloved brands such as Borders bookstores, Toys R Us, and Blockbuster have closed up shop, leaving abandoned buildings with empty shelves in their wake.Here’s what some retail stores look like after they’ve helped their last customer. 

With more than 3,500 US stores in 2010, Sears was once the largest retailer in the world.

An abandoned Sears store in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
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Sears and its subsidiary Kmart sold everything from clothes to toys and appliances.

In the last decade, over 3,000 of those stores have closed.

A closed Sears at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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Sears will have an estimated 182 stores left in business by February 2020.

The superstores have become shells of their former selves.

Sears at Erin Mills Town Centre.
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Sears filed for bankruptcy in October 2018 and has been in steady decline ever since with several rounds of corporate layoffs.

The flagship Toys R Us store in Times Square used to feature 110,000 square feet of toys and other attractions. It shuttered in 2015 due to skyrocketing rent.

The building that used to be Toys R Us.
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The price per square foot in Times Square proved unsustainable for the beloved toy seller. The building is now occupied by flagship Gap and Old Navy stores.

Toys R Us closed all of its remaining US stores in June 2018.

A Toys R Us store that was shuttered in 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
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The retailer posted a heartbreaking message on its last day in business, urging its customers to “Promise us just this one thing: Don’t ever grow up. Play on!”

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