Stories about store closures and bankruptcies mask the fact that retail is an active investment hot spot where cash flows, IPOs flourish, and opportunities boom. “When we see a dramatic reduction of stores it’s often a precursor of larger financial failure.” In other words, the retailer was poorly managed before deciding to close stores,” says Mark Ryski CEO of HeadCount. Hidden among all the store closings is a healthy, vibrant industry that is attracting huge amounts of investment capital.