These haunting photos of the retail apocalypse reveal a new normal in America

The retail apocalypse has descended on America.

More than 6,400 stores are expected to close across the country this year.

Department stores like Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney, and retailers including BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bebe have decided to close dozens of stores.

Walking through a mall in 2017 is like walking through a graveyard.

Here's photographic evidence that a retail apocalypse is hitting the US hard:

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Perhaps most emblematic of the retail apocalypse are photos of dead malls. 

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As customers increasingly shop online, malls are suffering the consequences.

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Visits to malls declined by 50% from 2010 to 2013, according to the real-estate research firm Cushman & Wakefield.

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In the nearly two years since it closed, Chicago's Lincoln Mall has transformed from a vibrant shopping center into an eerie, deserted wasteland.

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The mall closed after many retailers — including Sears — shuttered their locations inside the shopping center.

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Photographer Seph Lawless documents abandoned and forgotten malls across the US.

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While abandoned malls are spooky, shopping centers in their death throes are scary in a different way.

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Regency Square Mall in Richmond, Virginia, is still open — but numerous storefronts have gone dark as retailers have closed their stores.

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The mall's operators have attempted to cover up the closings by installing vending machines in boarded-up walls.

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The mall seems almost as empty as the closed malls.

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Retailers are struggling to maintain some semblance of normality as sales slump.

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Sears has been hit with both plummeting sales and dwindling inventory, as seen in this empty area of a store in Richmond, Virginia.

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Kmart, which merged with Sears in 2005, has been criticized for its disorganized stores.

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Some shoppers say Kmart's rough setup is "depressing."

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At one store in Hillsboro, Ohio, Kmart hung white sheets to hide the area where the grocery section once was.

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Sears plans to shutter 283 Kmart stores and 116 stores this year.

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The fate of Sears Canada could offer a dark glimpse into what might happen next. The retailer began liquidating its assets in October, resulting in apocalyptic scenes in stores.

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The financial struggles of Macy's are similarly apparent in its disheveled appearance.

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A July 2016 visit to the flagship Macy's store in Manhattan revealed messy shelves and lots of sales.

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It's difficult to convince shoppers that this apparel is high-quality when it's presented so haphazardly.

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Still, the Manhattan Macy's is better than the scene at Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall location, days before it closed.

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Macy's is closing 68 locations in 2017.

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A visit to a Manhattan JCPenney earlier in 2017 revealed similar disorganization.

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In addition to clothes thrown on the floor, packaging was damaged and opened.

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JCPenney is closing 138 stores this year.

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Nearly everything at RadioShack was on sale as the chain prepared to close 1,430 stores.

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A store in Manhattan is covered with signs highlighting sales.
 

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The displays, however, seem to be hastily set up.

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Wet Seal is closing all 171 locations.

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Crocs is closing 160 locations.

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RIP, retail as we know it.

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