Sports Authority, Office Depot closing hundreds of stores — but see who’s picking up the slack

This Family Dollar opened in Boynton Beach in 2015. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

This Family Dollar opened in Boynton Beach in 2015. (Photo by Alexandra Seltzer/The Palm Beach Post)

Here’s a disconnect: Retailers such as Sports Authority and Office Depot are closing hundreds of stores, yet Palm Beach County’s retail vacancy rate remains a modest 6 percent.

Why the gap? Here’s an idea: For every merchandiser that’s tanking, another is expanding. Dollar stores opened hundreds of new locations last year. Off-price retailers such as T.J. Maxx and Ross are expanding. So are Publix, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and Trader Joe’s.

Here’s a rundown of 16 retailers with a strong presence in Palm Beach County. Six (including Staples and Best Buy) are contracting, two (Kohl’s and Home Depot) are holding steady, and eight (including Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Dick’s Sporting Goods) are in expansion mode.

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