2014 US Retail Downsizing & Store Closings Roundup

store-closingIn 2014, as in every calendar year, U.S. retail industry leaders, investors, analysts, and experts look at U.S. retail industry downsizing and store closing roundup numbers for clues about the overall health of the U.S. economy.  When U.S. based retail chains close domestic or international physical retail store locations, retail industry and economic experts work to sort out whether the store closings are due to the failings of the individual retail chain and its leaders, or whether the store closings are a result of overall downturn in retail consumption that is likely to continue.

What follows is a complete list of U.S. retail store closings, and downsizings of the largest U.S. retail chains both domestically and internationally that are scheduled to happen in the 2014 calendar year. This list is arranged alphabetically, according to the name of the retail chain. The latest store closing additions are indicated with bold lettering.The store closings on this roundup list were last updated on May 27, 2014.

All 2014 U.S. Retail Industry Store Closings – Complete Alphabetized Company Listing of Store Closings:

60    Aaron’s

180  Abercrombie & Fitch (by 2015)

1      Abercrombie Kids

3      Ace Hardware

3      ACO Hardware

1      Aerie

33    Archiver’s

175  Aeropostale (“over the next several years”)

26    Albertson’s

18    ALCO

150  American Eagle Outfitters

11    American TV & Appliance

2      Arden B

223  Barnes & Noble (through 2023)

1      Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

1      Bedroom Expressions

1      Belk

2      Best Buy

1      Big 5

1      Big Lots

5      Bi-Lo

300  Blockbuster

91    Blockbuster (UK)

1      Bon-Ton

3      Books-A-Million

15    Bridgestone

145  Brown Shoes / Famous Footwear

1      Broyhill Home Collections

63    Build-A-Bear (through 2014)

25    Build-A-Bear (through 2015)

1      Carter’s

17    Cato

3      Champps Americana

125  Children’s Place

365  Coldwater Creek

6      Cord Camera

1      Cost Plus World Market

20    Delhaize

360  Dots

1      East of England Co-op

1      Eddie Bauer

42    Edwin Watts Golf

76    EE

1      Family Christian Stores

370  Family Dollar

2      Finger Furniture

1      Food Fast Convenience Store

42    Fresh & Green’s

128  GameStop

20    Gilly Hicks

1      Hallmark

2      Haverty’s

1      Hubbell & Hudson

33    JCPenney

1     JC’s 5 Star Outlet

2     JMR Chalk Garden

170  Jones Group (by mid-2014 )

50    Kitchen Collection

2      Kroger

4      Len Druskin

1      Lids Locker Room

1      Life Is Good

73    Liquidation World (Big Lots Canada)

39     Loehman’s

2       Lolabella Boutique

5       Macy’s

1       Max Club (Wal-Mart)

74     McDonald’s (Japan)

4       Meat House

2       My Favorite Toy Store

7       Noni B

2       Nordstrom

1       Oak Express

15     Office Depot

7       OfficeMax

1       Pottery Barn

1       Pottery Barn Kids

2       Powell’s Books

8       Price Busters

125   P.S. from Aeropostale

200   Radio Shack

2       Rainbow Foods

1       Ralph’s

150   Rent-A-Center

1       Ross Dress For Less

155   Sbarro

300   Sears

1       Shaw’s

4       Sprint Gas Stations

1       Stop & Shop

1       Sofa Mart

20     SONY

55     Sprint

225   Staples (through 2015)

1       Talbots Clearance Outlet

12     Target

2       Thomasville Home Furnishings

1       Tom Thumb (Safeway)

1       Toys ‘R Us

1       Tuesday Morning

76     Walgreens

1       Wal-Mart

1       Wawa

26     Wet Seal

1       WH Smith Books

3       Williams-Sonoma

1       Yankee Candle

Source: http://retailindustry.about.com/od/USRetailStoreClosingInfoFAQs/fl/All-2014-Store-Closings-US-Retail-Industry-Chains-to-Close-Stores.htm

WW~Notes: Check the attached link often for further updates.  If possible, I will update the information at the end of the year.