Racks in Ruins
Not long ago, the slow-motion decay of Sears and Kmart would have been unthinkable. But the chains have been shuttering stores for years, and Sears will lose another when its store in Frederick, Maryland, closes Jan. 15. Michael Lisicky, a retail historian, has been tracking what he calls the stores' "endless" decline. "I never thought that I would ever be drawn to document the demise of Sears and Kmart," he says. "But it became hard for me to not notice and look the other way." Photos of aging Sears and Kmart stores offer a glimpse into the collapse of the two retail empires, including those shot inside the ill-fated Frederick Sears.
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