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Which of Your Favorite Stores Are Closing?

Store shutdowns are a growing trend, and while some retailers are only closing certain locations, others are shuttering their doors completely.
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It's been a tough year (or three) for many retail stores, and their struggle is becoming increasingly obvious. Even if you don't follow retail news, you've likely heard about the numerous retailers that are closing brick-and-mortar locations, a situation that seems to be happening more frequently. Here are all the brands that we know are shutting down stores, and what the situation is with each one.

Retailers That Are Closing Stores

  • Abercrombie & Fitch: The company closed 54 stores last year, and recently announced it'll close another 60 this year. However, Abercrombie is also planning to open 6 full-price stores, including 4 in the U.S.

  • Aeropostale: It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, and planned to close 113 stores in both the U.S. and Canada.

  • American Apparel: It filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, and Canadian clothing maker Gildan bought the brand for $88 million. American Apparel is closing all of its 110 retail stores, and its headquarters in Los Angeles.

  • BCBG Max Azria: This retailer, which offers higher-end women's apparel and accessories, has announced it'll be closing roughly 120 stores.

  • Crocs: The company known for unique-looking shoes recently announced that it'll be closing 158 stores.

  • CVS: The pharmacy chain announced in December that it would be closing 70 stores early this year.

  • Family Christian Stores: The 85-year-old company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, and announced earlier this year that it's closing all 240 of its retail stores.

  • Gander Mountain: It recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is set to close 32 of its 162 stores in 11 states.

  • Gordmans: The discount department store has been around for over a century, but it recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. While stores will continue to operate as normal for now, eventually Gordmans plans to liquidate its inventory and other assets.

  • Guess: It closed 10 stores last quarter, and is set to close another 60 this year.

  • hhgregg: It's planning to close 40% of its stores and 3 distribution centers in the next month. There will still be 132 stores open after the change.

  • JCPenney: It's closing 138 of its weakest stores, a move that's slated to start in mid-April.

  • Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse: The parent company is closing 250 stores this year, including all Jos. A. Bank and Men's Wearhouse outlets.

  • Kmart: Kmart locations have been closing consistently since 2011, and between it and Sears, Kmart is definitely taking the bigger hit this year. There are 108 stores due to close their doors.

  • Macy's: The department store chain is due to close more than 60 stores through mid-2017.

  • Office Depot: Last year, the company dropped its plan to merge with Staples, and decided to close approximately 300 more stores in the next three years to help cut costs. (It closed 400 by the end of the second quarter last year.)

  • RadioShack: Yes, it's still around, but RadioShack announced that it's closing 552 stores — and it's moving fast. It's due to close 187 stores immediately, with another 365 shutting their doors by the first week of April.

  • Sears: It's been struggling for years, it seems, but even so, this year it's only set to close 42 stores overall.

  • Staples: The office supply chain closed 48 locations last year, and it's planning to close another 70 this year.

  • The Limited: It unexpectedly closed all of its physical stores permanently back in January after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

  • Vanity: A chain that focused on fashion for young women, it filed for Chapter 11 earlier this month. It plans to close all 137 of its stores across 27 states.

  • Wet Seal: It filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, and has now closed all 171 of its stores.

Restaurants Are Shutting Down, Too

Unfortunately, businesses other than retail stores are having trouble, too. A handful of restaurant chains are also shuttering brick-and-mortar locations.

Part of a Growing Trend

Store closings often mean liquidation sales for companies to try to sell off as much inventory as possible. But before you hit those going out-of-business sales, check out what happens to prices when a store closes.

All of these store closings seem to be part of a growing trend, which means we can expect to see more closings announced soon. We'll update this list with any new developments we find.

Readers, are any of your favorite stores on the list? What other store closings have you seen recently, and which retailers do you think might close locations in the near future? Let us know in the comments below!


Staff Writer

As a college student, Julie wrote for the college newspaper and freelanced for the website College Candy. Since then she has worked as freelancer through Textbroker and has written press releases, feature pages, and other miscellaneous pieces for a software company. She enjoys writing both as a hobby and a career, and is always working on some kind of story.
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5 comments
Crismodin
Not a surprise that Gamestop is closing a bunch of stores when they do stuff like this... "Oh, you just bought that new game for $60 and want to trade it in? It's worth about $7 now if you were to sell it back, or about $9 trade-in value, but if you sign up for our rewards program the best I can do is about $11."
atthebriin
also gamestop closing a bunch of stores this year.
steved
Got a good deal on a 256gig flash drive from Office Depot but I ordered it before Thanksgiving and finally got it March 20.
I had to call them about half a dozen times and even made 2 face to face visits to try to find someone competent and able to facilitate a transaction. Sad!
jeffreyd00
I guess I better use my Macy's gift card ASAP!
Al-in-SoCal
My mom retired from Sears so it is kind of a sad time for her, however before you start feeling bad for them listen to this. August of 2016 my Mom bought a Serta iComfort $3K adjustable bed from Sears. The delivery was delayed .. then delayed .. then delayed again. Worse, when we said it's the last straw they got a "damaged" frame. This was now December. We cancelled order and I bought for $300 cheaper at Bed Bath & Beyond PLUS I got a $300 gift card (so 600 in savings) + their "white glove" delivery on time & schedule. Sears ... a different animal from the past.
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