More than 9,300 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full list

Seph LawlessRetailers are closing thousands of stores.

The staggering rate of store closures that rocked the retail industry over the past couple of years continued in 2019, with retailers setting a new record for store closings over the last 12 months.

Retailers announced plans to close more than 9,300 stores in 2019, smashing the previous record of roughly 8,000 store closures in 2017, according to an analysis by Business Insider.

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

Payless ShoeSource: 2,500 stores

Damian Dovarganes/APA Payless ShoeSource store in the Manhattan borough of New York.

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

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


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


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

Charming Charlie

Charming Charlie, which sells jewellery 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.

Destination Maternity: 258 stores

Destination Maternity

Destination Maternity filed for bankruptcy protection in October, and said it plans to shutter 183 stores in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company has already closed 75 stores in 2019.

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

Business Insider/Jessica Tyler

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

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

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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.”

GameStop: up to 200 stores

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GameStop is closing 180 to 200 stores globally by the end of its fiscal year, the company said in September.

Forever 21: up to 178 stores

Business Insider/Mary Hanbury

Forever 21 said it expects to close 350 stores globally, including up to 178 locations in the US, after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

“The decisions as to which domestic stores will be closing are ongoing, pending the outcome of continued conversations with landlords,” a Forever 21 spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. “We do, however, expect a significant number of these stores will remain open and operate as usual, and we do not expect to exit any major markets in the U.S.”

Sears: 175 stores

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

LifeWay: 170 stores


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.

Kmart: 160 stores

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Sears emerged from bankruptcy in February after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

The Kitchen Collection: 160 stores

Hamilton Beach Brands

Hamilton Beach Brands said in October that it planned to close all 160 of The Kitchen Collection’s physical stores. The Kitchen Collection is a subsidiary of Hamilton Beach Brands that sells cooking tools and small kitchen appliances.

A.C. Moore: 145 stores

The craft-store chain A.C. Moore is shutting down all 145 of its stores.

A.C. Moore’s parent company, Nicole Crafts, announced the closings in November and said about 40 locations would be converted into Michaels stores.

Performance Bicycle: 102 stores

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.

Olympia Sports: 76 stores


Olympia Sports said in October that it planned to close 76 stores after it was purchased by the sports retailer JackRabbit.

CVS Health: 68 stores

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CVS Health said it closed 46 underperforming stores in April.

Bed Bath & Beyond: 60 stores

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Bed Bath & Beyond said it expects to close 60 stores in 2019. The company also said it would open 15 new stores.

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 optimise 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

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

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

Victoria’s Secret is closing dozens of stores this year – here’s why the brand has failed to keep up

Office Depot and OfficeMax: 50 stores

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

“Office Depot, Inc. continues to optimise 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 neighbouring Office Depot and OfficeMax stores as well as online at”

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

Business Insider/Jessica Tyler

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.

Christopher & Banks: 30-40 stores

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

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

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

ReutersShoppers at a Walmart store in Chicago Illinois

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

The stores include Walmart Supercenters and Neighbourhood 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


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

J.Crew: 7 stores

Business Insider/Mary Hanbury

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

Kohl’s: 4 stores

Business Insider/Jessica Tyler

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

Nordstrom: 3 stores

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

Lord & Taylor: 4 stores

Business Insider/Jessica Tyler

Lord & Taylor is closing stores in McLean, Virginia; Sterling, Virginia; West Nyack, New York; and Moorestown, New Jersey in 2019.

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