Less than two months after reopening, Regal Theaters will shut down all 536 of its locations on Thursday (Oct. 8).
The company said the closures reflect “an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape” due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regal says the closures are temporary, but the company has not set a date to reopen.
The shutdown reflects broader problems in the retail marketplace that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and stabs another knife in the narrative of a quick economic recovery.
The Regal shutdown will result in layoffs for 40,000 employees. Read more…..
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The retail apocalypse proportions are getting so extensive that its downfall has been putting the commercial real state sector in big trouble. Experts have been warning that the $15 trillion market is at risk of bleeding over into the broader financial system as the U.S. struggles to come out of a deep economic collapse. The number of retail store closings has hit records this year and it’s on pace to surpass the staggering bankruptcy figures seen during the Great Recession.