Why does the city have so many stores?
More than 90 percent of the city’s stores are owned by a single company, according to data compiled by The Associated Press.
The city has been struggling to compete in the booming retail industry, with many retailers selling items online, on-site and at brick-and-mortar stores.
But there are still plenty of empty storefronts in the area, including a chain of Target stores that closed last year, a Walmart in Northlake, and another Walmart in Westlake Village that closed in February.
A few retailers, like The Home Depot and Home Depot Express, remain open.
But most stores have closed.
There are several signs that the city has lost its momentum, according the AP’s analysis.
The number of stores has fallen by nearly 40 percent from 2012 to 2019, according with data compiled from the city.
The city has fewer than 2,000 stores, fewer than half of the population of Los Angeles County, where the city is located.
Many are vacant, with one of the most glaring examples being a store in the downtown neighborhood of Westlake, which was vacant for a decade.