The Future of Retail: Where Do Stores Stand After Pandemic, Looting?

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There’s a very real anxiety that Chicago’s main shopping districts — the Magnificent Mile and the Gold Coast — are on the precipice of falling apart after a second round of massive looting. And without the revenue generated from those areas, the city faces a potentially disastrous fiscal future.

“Our store was hit pretty bad — we have no inventory,” said China McNeal, owner of Chicago Hair Imports Salon in River North, which was damaged by looting. “Our entire store was wiped out all the way down the soap in our bathrooms and the towels in our cupboards.”


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