As the COVID-19 pandemic began ramping up around the U.S., Central Florida was hit hard by theme park closures, stay-at-home orders and restrictions put on out-of-state visitors. For a region that typically sees more than 76 million visitors each year, a more than two-month shutdown dramatically altered the fabric of the area. 

And while restaurants, retail and theme parks have all begun to reopen under Gov. Ron DeSantis' phased approach to reopening the state, the retail market is still a long way from normal. With fewer visitors to eat, shop and stay, and unemployment numbers in the double digits, Central Florida retailers are navigating uncharted waters and trying to stay afloat.

So, what does this all mean for the coming months? Here are some thoughts:

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