C Jones wrote:There may be a lot more opportunity for things like this in the future.
Some are calling it the "retail apocalypse", where a whole lot of retail and especially the big chains are, well, "highly leveraged" (i.e. in debt up to or past their eyeballs) and not doing well besides. Online shopping I think has been blamed also.
The recent demise of Toys 'r' Us is one example. Some are predicting a bunch of other bankruptcies, closures, layoffs, etc. Turns out that a lot of these things have been houses of cards from the beginning (lots of debt).
Google it sometime when you're bored.....
Chris Kott wrote:It's been happening for quite some time....<edit>
There are a great many permacultural opportunities here, as there are with many other cases of change leading to oversupply and waste. All we need do is make use of it.