Retail in peace: A look at 19 dead (or dying) malls

In America, retail stores have been on the decline for some time, with many of the old standbys getting squeezed out by online retailers. And one piece of the classic American landscape that's on the way out is the shopping mall. Once the hub of most suburban communities, today, many once-thriving shopping malls have since gone belly up, turning from a bustling social meeting place to eerie reminders of the decline of brick-and-mortar retail.

Click through to look at what some of the dead and abandoned malls of America look like after the economy has passed them by.

This article originally appeared on Retail in Peace: A Look at 19 Dead (or Dying) Malls