Retail Stores Closing

Introduction – Numerous companies have filed for bankruptcy, and thousands of stores across the United States are closing and liquidating their merchandise. Below follows a list of the chain stores and the extent of their closings for 2009.


This quarter 33 stores have closed and the company has announced that in the fiscal year of 2009, 143 more are anticipated to close


In the last quarter alone 118 stores have closed and 191 in the fiscal year 2009, 160 of which were stores and the remaining 31 were kiosks.

Blockbuster Video

Blockbuster has announced that they may close up to 20% of the stores before 2011, which is in between 810 and 960 stores.

Smith and Hawken

All of its stores are being closed down

Crabtree & Evelyn

The company has filed for bankruptcy and has announced that they will be closing stores in the near future.

Big 10 Tires

They have filed for bankruptcy and they have requested release from their leases on 32 stores.

Bank of America

The number of branches will decrease by 10%


The number of outlets will decrease and will be limited to the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.


40 of its 916 stores are going to close


Stores have already closed in Florida, Colorado, and New York, including its Madison Avenue store.

Sears and Kmart

28 more stores will be closing in 2009 in addition to the many that have already closed.


The company has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will be closing 83 of 173 stores.


The bookstore is part of the Borders Group and will be cutting its stores down by about 80%, from around 300 stores to 50 or 60.

Jo-Ann Stores

The company is undergoing reorganization and plans to open 20 new stores while closing 30 stores.

Rite Aid

The company has said that they will close up to 117 stores in the coming months.

J. Jill

Owned by Talbots, about 75 stores will close and the remainder will be sold to private owners.

Jones Apparel

First quarter profits were down by 98%. In response, they will shut 20% of stores, around 225 stores.


This year 12 restaurants in Florida have closed due to low sales.

Advanced Auto Parts

The company has announced that there are 55 unprofitable stores and they will close 40 of them.

Advance America Cash Advance Centers

60 centers have closed and 130 more are set to shut down

Ruehl Stores

Owned by Abercrombie & Fitch, all of the 29 stores will be closed.

Boater’s World

Parent company Ritz Camera Centers suffered major loses due to the switch to digital photography and will be forced to shut down all 129 Boater’s World stores

General Motors

No contracts with car dealerships will be renewed


25% of dealers are being shut down in the US.

Pier 1 Imports

The company has reported at up to 80 stores will be closing in the coming months


900 US Stores are closing, the majority of which are very new.

Ann Taylor

163 will be closing by the end of the 2010 fiscal year


11 stores will be closing after a $ 30 million loss in 2008.

Home Depot’s Expo Design Centers

All 34 centers will close

Circuit City

All stores have closed and the company has filed for bankruptcy

American Greetings

14% of the 415 stores, 60 stores, will be closing

Ruby Tuesday

70 locations will be closing

Sportsman’s Warehouse

The stores are located in 29 states. They have announced that 23 stores will close and 15 will be sold.


Parent company Tiffany & Co. will close all 16 Iridesse stores that have suffered losses due to low sales.


The Fifth Avenue store as well as the 57th Street store have closed and will liquidate its inventory.

Phillips-Van Heusen

This is the company that owns Calvin Klein, Izod, and Van Heusen clothing. It announced that 175 stores will close, cut its warehouse capacity and cut other expenses such as for marketing and travel.

Yankee Candle

28 stores will close.

Virgin Megastore

All stores in the US have closed

Supervalu’s Cub Foods

50 grocery stores that Supervalu owns will close. The chains it owns include Albertson’s Shop ‘n Save, Shaw’s Star, and Cub Foods

Goody’s Family Clothing

Goody’s is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will liquidate all of its 282 stores.

Sweetbay Supermarkets

7 unprofitable grocery stores are closing

World Market

Parent company Cost Plus has decided to close 26 of the World Market stores and leave 8 markets.


20 outlet stores in North America are closing

S&K Famous Brands

The company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and have begun to liquidate the merchandise in 30 stores and will close them in the coming reorganization.

Famous Footwear

30 of 35 stores are closing in 2009


119 stores have closed

Kira Plastinina

The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009 and will close all US stores.

Whole Foods and Wild Oats

13 stores are being sold, 12 of which are Wild Oats stores and 1 is a Whole Foods store.


12 outlet stores out of 500 are closing.


100 stores are closing and 50 new stores are opening

Sam’s Club in Canada

All Sam’s Club stores are closing in Canada, with a loss of 1,200 jobs

Bassett Furniture

8-10 stores are slated to close in 2009

Z Gallerie

25 out of 77 stores are closing in 2009


The parent company Aeropostale Inc. will close 11 of the Jimmy’Z concept stores.


Bruno’s is a grocery store located in Alabama and Florida and has announced that 4 Bruno’s stores will close along with six Food World stores.

Filene’s Basement

The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and all stores will close.

New York and Company

310 management jobs are being eliminated and 50 stores will close over the next 5 years


Up to 25 stores will close

Snyder’s Drug Stores

19 of the 47 stores will close

Better Bedding

The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and 11 of the 21 stores will close.


They have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its 58 department stores will be liquidated

Costco Home Stores

Costco’s 2 home decorating stores will close.

Ritz Camera

300 of its nationwide stores will close, about 43% of its total number.

Aurelia Masterson writes for

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