Retail Inferno! 12,000 US Stores Are Forecast To Close In 2019

The retail inferno is escalating in 2019.

According to Coresight Research,  in the US, year-to-date announced closures have already exceeded the total we recorded for the full year 2018. Coresight Research estimates announced US store closures could reach 12,000 by the end of 2019.

So far this year, US retailers have announced 7,062 store closures and 3,017 store openings. This compares to 5,864 closures and 3,258 openings for the full year 2018.

Here is Coresight’s complete list of store closures so far for this year:

Payless ShoeSource: 2,589 (includes 248 Canada locations and 114 smaller-format stores in Shopko Hometown locations).

Gymboree/Crazy 8: 749

Dressbarn: 649. Here are the locations that closed in June and closing in July.

Charlotte Russe: 494; but the company’s new owner is opening new stores.

Shopko: 371

Charming Charlie: 261

LifeWay Christian Resources: 170

Topshop: All 11 U.S. stores

Henri Bendel: 23

E.L.F. Beauty: 22

Here are more announced closures that could roll into 2020:

Family Dollar: As many as 390 stores

Fred’s: 442; the company said it would close another 129 stores with going-out-of-business sales beginning Friday.

Chico’s: 74, but 250 over the next three years.

GNC: 233

Gap: Roughly 230 in next two years

Walgreens: 195

Foot Locker: 165, total includes closings outside of the U.S.

Signet Jewelers: The parent company of Kay, Zales and Jared said it would close another 150 stores.

Pier 1 Imports: 57, but up to 145 could close.

Ascena Retail: 120

Destination Maternity: 117

Sears: 72

Victoria’s Secret: 53

Vera Bradley: 50

Office Depot: 50

Kmart: 48

CVS: 46

Party City: 45

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores: 45

The Children’s Place: Up to 45

Z Gallerie: 44

DKNY: 41

Stage Stores: 40 to 60

Bed Bath & Beyond: 40

Abercrombie & Fitch: 40

Francesca’s: At least 30 stores

Build-A-Bear: Up to 30 over two years

Williams-Sonoma: 30

J.C. Penney: 27

Bath & Body Works: 24

Southeastern Grocers: 22

Saks Off 5th: 20

Lowe’s: 20

J. Crew: 20

Macy’s: 8

Nordstrom: 7

Target: 6

J.Crew: 5

Kohl’s: 4

Whole Foods: 1

Calvin Klein: 1

Pottery Barn: 1

Now, that is a lot of retail store closings! Hopefully, The Fed doesn’t adopt the practice of buying failing retail stores to prop-up REITs and CMBS.

At least Charming Charlie wasn’t named Charming Jeffrey (Epstein)!

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