It may be too soon to write brick-and-mortar's obituary, but it's not looking good. There's been a flood of store closings already this year, and more will likely be coming as online retailers like Amazon.com take over the retail market. Here are some of the chains closing locations in 2014:
Coach -- The upscale handbag retailer announced plans Thursday to close 70 stores over the next year amid a bleak outlook for business. That's about one of every eight North American retail locations it operates.
Office Depot -- The office supply retailer announced plans in May to close at least 400 stores in the United States over two years. The closures are part of the company's plan to cut costs and consolidate operations after its acquisition of OfficeMax in November.
Family Dollar -- The dollar store company said in April it will be cutting jobs and closing about 370 underperforming stores as it looks for ways to improve its financial performance. It also plans to cut prices on about 1,000 basic items.
Radio Shack -- Electronics retailer Radio Shack announced plans to close as many as 1,100 stores -- or nearly 20 percent of its locations -- but decided on 200 per year after being unable to reach an agreement with its lenders.
Staples -- The largest U.S. office supply chain is closing as many as 12 percent -- or 225 -- of its stores and cutting $500 million in costs to offset online competition.
Macy's Inc. -- The retail giant is doing relatively well this year, but still announced the closure of five of its stores as part of a cost-cutting effort.
Sears -- Sears Holdings Corp. is closing its flagship Chicago store and is expected to shutter hundreds of other Sears locations.
Kmart -- Sears Holdings is also expected to shutter some Kmart locations soon, too.
J.C. Penney -- The troubled retailer has announced plans to close 33 locations this year.
Men's Wearhouse/Jos. A. Bank -- No announcements yet, but there is a possible tie-up between Men's Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank that will also probably lead to store closings sometime this year.
It was a summer slam in Santa Barbara from what was once Hurricane Marie. Now it has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but the force coming in from the Pacific Ocean has roughed up some of our coastline.
A catalytic converter in a passing vehicle is suspected to be the cause of a brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on the Harris Grade, near Lompoc. Firefighters were able to limit the blaze to less than 20 acres.
A Hurricane making its way through the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring high surf and strong currents to Ventura County south and southeast-facing beaches this week. Rescuers are urging the public to be cautious while entering the water, but surfers are enjoying the bigger sets.
Public Health officials across the state and across the border are searching for 24 year old Augustin Zeferino who was diagnosed with a highly contagious and drug resistant form of tuberculosis, or TB, by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.