Here's a snapshot taken New Year's Day at the Disney Store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan-"Permanently Closed".
Across the country in Los Angeles, the very mall CNBC reported from Christmas week, Westfield Topanga, hosted closing sales this weekend for Eddie Bauer and Pottery Barn (there's a newer one nearby).
Meantime, research by Gomez, the web performance division of Compuware shows retailers' Web sites dramatically improved response times this holiday, even as many were processing record sales.
"Very few stumbles, less breakdowns or poor performances" President Jaime Ellertson tells CNBC.
The best performing sites were Apple, Office Depot, and TigerDirect (which does not have anything to do with Tiger Woods but maybe benefited from his notoriety?). Nike's homepage loaded the most quickly, at about a half second. Sites which had trouble processing transactions included HP Shopping and Costco. Ellertson says that on November 29th, the eve of Cyber Monday, 16 out of every 100 attempts to complete an online order at HP Shopping failed. "That type of failure leads to lost revenue in this important online channel."