Matt Townsend, Jenny Surane, Emma Orr and Christopher Cannon:

The so-called retail apocalypse has become so ingrained in the U.S. that it now has the distinction of its own Wikipedia entry.
 The industry’s response to that kind of doomsday description has included blaming the media for hyping the troubles of a few well-known chains as proof of a systemic meltdown. There is some truth to that. In the U.S., more than 3,000 stores did open in the first three quarters of this year.
 Store Openings and Closings
 Excluding grocery stores and restaurants