More than 8,200 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here’s the full list

Retailers are closing thousands of stores.

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Retailers are closing thousands of stores.
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The staggering rate of store closures that has rocked the retail industry over the past couple of years is expected to continue in 2019, with roughly the same level of closures expected this year.

Retailers closed a record 102 million square feet of store space in 2017, then smashed that record in 2018 by closing another 155 million square feet, according to estimates by the commercial real-estate firm CoStar Group.

“This year we are predicting more of the same in the retail space,” CoStar senior consultant Drew Myers said.

Retailers have announced more than 8,200 store closures so far this year, according to an analysis by Business Insider.

Here’s a list of all the stores closing this year:


Payless ShoeSource: 2,500 stores

Payless filed for bankruptcy in February and said it planned to close all of its 2,500 stores in what could be the largest retail liquidation in history.


Gymboree: 805 stores

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Gymboree Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January and said it planned to close more than 800 stores under its Gymboree and Crazy 8 banners.

Gymboree previously filed for bankruptcy as recently as June 2017 and closed nearly 400 stores.

Dress Barn: 650 stores

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Dress Barn, which is owned by Ascena Retail Group, announced in May that it was shutting down all of its 650 stores.

“For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers,” Dress Barn CFO Steven Taylor said. “This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.”


Charlotte Russe: 520 stores

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Charlotte Russe kicked off closing sales at 94 stores in February, after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In March, the company announced that it would liquidate its remaining 416 Charlotte Russe stores and 10 Peek Kids stores.


Fred’s: 520 stores

Discount chain Fred’s announced in April that it would close 159 stores by the end of May. In May, the company said it would close another 104 stores. In June, Fred’s announced plans to close another 49 stores. In July, the company said it would close 129 stores. In September, the company filed for bankruptcy and said it would close all its remaining stores within 60 days.


Family Dollar: 390 stores

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Dollar Tree said in March that it plans to convert about 200 Family Dollar stores into Dollar Tree stores, and close up to 390 additional stores under the Family Dollar brand.


Shopko: 371 stores

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Shopko filed for bankruptcy in January and said it would close 251 stores. The company said in March that it had failed to find a buyer for its business, and would liquidate its remaining 120 stores.


Charming Charlie: 261 stores

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Charming Charlie, which sells jewelry and accessories, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July and said it plans to close all of its 261 stores in 38 states by the end of August.


Chico’s: 250 stores

The women’s clothing retailer Chico’s said in March that it would close 100 Chico’s stores, 90 White House Black Market stores, and 60 Soma stores over the next three years.


Gap: 230 stores

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Gap said in February that it would close 230 namesake stores over the next two years as it reported that the brand’s same-store sales fell 7% during the holiday quarter. The company also said it would spin off its Old Navy brand.


Avenue: 222 stores

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The women’s clothing retailer Avenue said in August that it planned to close all of its 222 stores in 33 states.


Walgreens: 200 stores

Walgreens said in August that it plans to close 200 stores in the US.

“As previously announced, we are undertaking a transformational cost management program to accelerate the ongoing transformation of our business, enable investments in key areas and to become a more efficient enterprise,” a Walgreens spokesperson wrote in a statement to Business Insider. “As part of this effort, we plan to close approximately 200 stores in the US.”


LifeWay: 170 stores

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LifeWay Christian Resources said in March that it planned to close all 170 of its stores. The Nashville-based company said it will continue to sell Bibles, books, children’s products, church supplies, and Christian music and movies on its website.


Sears: 124 stores

Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart stores, emerged from bankruptcy in February after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. The company announced new rounds of store closures in August and September.


Kmart: 115 stores

Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart stores, emerged from bankruptcy in February after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.


Performance Bicycle: 102 stores

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Performance Bicycle’s parent company, Advanced Sports Enterprises, filed for bankruptcy protection in November and later announced that it would close all 102 of its stores.


Destination Maternity: 42-67 stores

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Destination Maternity plans to close between 42 and 67 stores this year.


Pier 1 Imports: 57 stores

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Pier 1 Imports said it plans to close 57 stores in fiscal 2020.


Party City: 55 stores

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Party City said it plans to close 55 of its 870 stores this year.

The party supplies company typically closes up to 15 stores each year.

“This year, after careful consideration and evaluation of our store fleet, we’ve made the decision to close more stores than usual in order to help optimize our market level performance, focus on the most profitable locations and improve the overall health of our store portfolio,” Party City CEO James Harrison said in a press release in May.


A’Gaci: 54 stores

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A’gaci, a women’s clothing chain based in San Antonio, announced in August that it was going out of business and closing all its 54 stores.


Victoria’s Secret: 53 stores

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Victoria’s Secret said it would close 53 stores this year, citing a “decline in performance.”

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Office Depot and OfficeMax: 50 stores

Office Depot is closing 50 stores under its namesake and OfficeMax banners in 2019, the company told Business Insider.

“Office Depot, Inc. continues to optimize its retail footprint as part of the three-year strategic plan announced in August 2016,” said Shera Bishop, a spokeswoman for Office Depot. “We will continue to serve our customers at neighboring Office Depot and OfficeMax stores as well as online at officedepot.com.”


CVS Health: 46 stores

CVS Health said it closed 46 underperforming stores in April.


The Children’s Place: 45 stores

The Children’s Place said in May that it plans to close 40 to 45 stores in 2019, but the company is also planning to open 25 new stores over the next two years, including 10 new openings this year.


Abercrombie & Fitch: 40 stores

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Abercrombie & Fitch said in March that it plans to close up to 40 stores this year. Abercrombie & Fitch also plans to open 40 new stores, including 20 Hollister stores, 15 Abercrombie Kids stores, and five Abercrombie stores.

The company announced the closings as it reported that its Abercrombie brands’ same-store sales fell 2% during the fourth quarter. Most of the stores that Abercrombie & Fitch plans to close are located in the US, the company said.


Bed Bath & Beyond: 40 stores

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Bed Bath & Beyond said in April that it plans to close at least 40 stores in 2019, and possibly more. The company also said it would open 15 new stores.

“We expect to open approximately 15 new stores in fiscal 2019. This will be offset by a minimum of approximately 40 stores we expect to close,” Robyn D’Elia, chief financial officer and treasurer, said on an earnings call. “This number will grow unless we are able to negotiate more favorable lease terms with our landlords.”


Christopher & Banks: 30-40 stores

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The women’s clothing retailer Christopher & Banks said in December that it planned to close 30-40 stores over the following two years.


JCPenney: 27 stores

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JCPenney said it will close 27 stores in 2019, including 18 full-line department stores and 9 home and furniture stores. The department-store chain said same-store sales fell 4% during the fourth quarter.


Beauty Brands: 25 stores

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Beauty Brands, a regional chain of salon and spa superstores, said in December that it planned to close 25 stores this year.


Henri Bendel: 23 stores

Henri Bendel closed all its stores in January after 123 years in business.


Lowe’s: 20 stores

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Lowe’s is closing 20 stores across 13 states this year.


Z Gallerie: 17 stores

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Z Gallerie, a home furnishings and decor retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March. The company said it plans to close 17 of its 76 stores during the restructuring process, according to bankruptcy filings.


Walmart: 17 stores

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Walmart is closing at least 17 stores across 11 US states and Canada.

The stores include Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Market stores in Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Arizona, California, Kansas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.


Barneys: 15 stores

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Barneys New York filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August and said it will close 15 of its 22 stores.


Macy’s: 9 stores

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Macy’s is closing stores in Wyoming, Washington, California, New York, Indiana, Massachusetts, Virginia, and West Virginia.


J.Crew: 7 stores

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J.Crew is closing stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, California,and Canada.


Kohl’s: 4 stores

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Kohl’s is closing four stores this year. All the closing stores are located in or near a shopping mall.


Nordstrom: 3 stores

Nordstrom is closing stores in Florida, Virginia, and Rhode Island.