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In smaller towns, empty storefronts and economic challenges loom large

In smaller towns, empty storefronts and economic challenges loom large

The name of the now-closed J.C. Penney store is still visible Aug. 22, 2017, in Canton, Ill. Officials in the city of 14,700 have so far struck out in their efforts to woo a replacement retailer. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)