Sales were up during the holidays, but companies like Pier 1, Papyrus and Express say they’re closing 1,000 stores. And that’s just the beginning. squib

The 10,800 stores closed by retailers last year wasn’t enough: just one month into 2020, they have announced plans to close 1,000 more.

“It’s sad, there are a lot of things closing,” said Patti Maher, 57, of Orland Park, browsing liquidation sales at Papyrus’s Water Tower Place store on Wednesday....

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