2014 US Retail Industry Chain Store Closings

Roundup of Retailers Closing Underperforming Locations or Going Bankrupt in 2014

Woolworths Store Closures Begin
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At the start of 2014, news of store closings by the largest U.S. retail industry chains accelerated not because the U.S. retail industry as a whole is in crisis, but because certain retail chains, in particular, have found it difficult or impossible to compete in a fast-moving, ultra-competitive global retailing environment. The roundup of retailers closing underperforming locations or going bankrupt in 2014 is small compared to the past, but it is not insignificant to the future of U.S. retailing. 

Many experts believe that 2014 retail store closings are still due in large part to the overgrowth of the U.S. retail industry even before the U.S. Great Recession occurred. According to the 2007 Economic Census, there were 1,122,703 retail establishments in the United States and a total of 14.2 billion square feet of retail space. That means that there are approximately 46.6 square feet of retail space per capita in the U.S., compared to two square feet per capita in India, 1.5 square feet per capita in Mexico, 23 square feet per capita in the United Kingdom, 13 square feet per capita in Canada, and 6.5 square feet per capita in Australia.<br/>With the explosive growth of Internet and mobile shopping, the oversaturation of physical retail locations operated by the largest U.S. retail chains becomes even more obvious. Downsizing the size of physical retail stores and the number of retail stores is a significant trend in U.S. retailing and it is a trend that will undoubtedly continue throughout 2014 and beyond.

U.S. consumers are, in a sense, in charge of physical store closings. With their online and mobile shopping behaviors, U.S. consumers are casting their vote for which retail store experiences have value and which ones can be easily replaced by their own Internet and mobile counterparts. In response to these strong consumer preference shifts, many large, medium, and small retail chains will be closing physical retail store locations in 2014 because they can't justify the dwindling sales per square footage results they produce. The era of if-you-build-it-they-will-come retailing seems to have ended for the U.S. retail industry. 

What follows is a complete, updated, and ongoing list of U.S. retail chains that are closing underperforming retail locations, downsizing, or going out of business in the 2014 calendar year.

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What follows is a complete roundup of U.S. retail chains that are closing underperforming stores, downsizing, filing bankruptcy, or going out of business in the 2014 calendar year. Information for this 2014 Store Closing List was obtained from reports made available to the general public through news reports, corporate documents, and company press releases.

This 2014 U.S. Retail Store Closings list is arranged numerically according to the number of store closings. The number in the left column is the total number of stores that have been designated for closing in 2014. This list will be updated continuously throughout 2014 as more information about U.S. retail chain store closings domestically and internationally becomes available The latest additions are indicated with bold lettering. This list was last updated on December 12, 2014.
Complete List of U.S. Retailers Closing Stores, Going, Bankrupt, and Going Out of Business in 2014:

400  Office Depot/Max (by 2016)

370  Family Dollar

365  Coldwater Creek (bankruptcy)

360  Dots (bankruptcy)

339  Sears

300   Blockbuster (bankruptcy)

170  Staples

223   Barnes & Noble (through 2023)

200   Radio Shack (through 2017)

198  ALCO (bankruptcy)

180   Abercrombie & Fitch (by 2015)

175  Aeropostale (“over the next several years”)

170  Jones Group (by mid-2014 )

155  Sbarro

150   American Eagle Outfitters (through 2017)

150  Kmart

150  Office Depot (2014)

150  Rent-A-Center

145  Brown Shoes / Famous Footwear

128  GameStop

125   Children’s Place

125  P.S. from Aeropostale

100  Advance Auto

100  Crocs

91   Blockbuster (UK)

80   Wolverine World Wide (2015 - Strike Rite & Keds)

75   Aeropostale

70   Gamestop (Spain)

76   EE

76   Walgreens

75   7-Eleven

74   McDonald's (Japan)

73   Liquidation World (Big Lots Canada)

70   Coach (fiscal 2015)

70   Juicy Couture

65   Fastenal

63   Build-A-Bear (through 2014)

63   Pep Boys (“in the coming years”)

60   Aaron's

60   Crumbs Bake Shop

60   Wolverine World Wide (Stride Rite and Keds)

56   Naartjie Kids

55   Sprint

55   Staples (2015)

54   Destination Maternity

54   Golf Galaxy (by 2016)

50   Express (through 2015)

50   Guess (through 2015)

50   Kitchen Collection

48   Wet Seal

42   Edwin Watts Golf

42   Fresh & Green's

39   Loehman's

35   Sears Auto Centers

33   Archiver's

33   JCPenney

26   Albertson's

26   Wet Seal

25   Build-A-Bear (through 2015)

25   Papa John’s

25   Yankee One Dollar Stores

23   Winn-Dixie

22   Homemade Pizza Co.

20   Barnes & Noble

20   Delhaize

20   Gilly Hicks

20   Pick ’n Save (by 2017)

20   SONY

17  Cato

17  Christopher & Banks

16  2b (bebe)

15    Office Depot

13  Mill Stores Furniture Outlet

12  Peet’s Coffee & Tea

12  Target

11  American TV & Appliance

10  Ann Taylor

10  Rite Aid

9   Rainbow’s Supermarkets

8   Long John Silver's 

8   Seattle's Best Coffee

7    Noni B

7   OfficeMax

6   Arby’s

6   Cord Camera

6   Denny’s

6    Honk’s $1.00

5   Bi-Lo

5   Macy's

5   Mattress Source

4   Jack in the Box

4   Len Druskin

4   Meat House

4   Sprint Gas Stations

3   Ace Hardware

3   ACO Hardware

3   Books-A-Million

3   Carls Furniture

3   Champps Americana

3   Shoe Carnival

3   Williams-Sonoma

2   Arden B

2   Best Buy

2   Book World

2   Design Spree

2   Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

2   Dillons Grocery Stores

2   Finger Furniture

2   Finish Line

2   Fresh Pride

2   Gediman’s

2   Haverty’s

2   JMR Chalk Garden

2   Kroger

2   Lolabella Boutique

2   My Favorite Toy Store

2   Nordstrom

2   P2 by Pink Pump

2   Pappoule’s Greek Restaurant

2   Piggly Wiggly

2   Powell’s Books

2   Rainbow Foods

2   Safeway

2   Savers Thrift Store

2   Weis Markets

Walmart, JCPenney, Toys 'R Us, and Sears are just a few of the largest U.S. retail chains that have announced intentions to close underperforming physical retail stores in the U.S. and around the world in the 2014 calendar year. What follows here is a continuation of the Complete List of 2014 U.S. Retail Store Closings. This list is arranged according to the number of store closings that are planned for 2014 by each retailer. Click the links to get more new and information about each retail chain. 

Complete List of U.S. Retail Store Closings in 2014 (continued):

1    Abercrombie Kids

1    Aerie

1    Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

1  Bed Bath & Beyond

1    Bedroom Expressions

1    Belk

1    Big 5

1    Big Lots

1    Bon-Ton

1    Broyhill Home Collections

1  California Pizza Kitchen

1  Carter's

1    Cost Plus World Market

1    Denver Mattress

1    East of England Co-op

1    Eddie Bauer

1    Family Christian Stores

1  Food Lion

1    Food Fast Convenience Store

1  Graeter’s

1  Gulf

1   Haggen Food & Pharmacy

1    Hallmark

1    Hubbell & Hudson

1  Hush Puppies

1   JC's 5 Star Outlet

1   Life Is Good

1   Lids Locker Room

1  Old Navy

1  Risky Business

1  Sunoco

1  Tractor Supply Company

In 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 December 12, 2014.

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

16  2b (bebe)

75  7-Eleven

60  Aaron's

180 Abercrombie & Fitch (by 2015)

1   Abercrombie Kids

3   Ace Hardware

3   ACO Hardware

100 Advance Auto

1   Aerie

6   AG Supply

10  Ann Taylor

33  Archiver's

175 Aeropostale (“over the next several years”)

75  Aeropostale (2014)

26  Albertson's

198 ALCO (bankruptcy)

150 American Eagle Outfitters (through 2017)

11  American TV & Appliance

6   Arby's

2   Arden B

1   Babies ‘R Us

223 Barnes & Noble (through 2023)

1   Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

1   Bed, Bath & Beyond

1   Bedroom Expressions

1   Belk

1   Bella’s Market

2   Best Buy

1   Big 5

1   Big Lots

5   Bi-Lo

300 Blockbuster

91  Blockbuster (UK)

1   Bon-Ton

2   Book World

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   California Pizza Kitchen

3   Carl’s Furniture

1   Carter's

17  Cato

3   Champps Americana

125 Children’s Place

17  Christopher & Banks

70  Coach

365 Coldwater Creek

6   Cord Camera

1   Cost Plus World Market

100 Crocs

60  Crumbs Bake Shop

This is a complete list of the domestic and international store closings that are planned by the largest U.S.-based retail chains in the 2014 calendar year.  Family Dollar, Big Lots, Walmart, and JC Penney are just some of the retail chains that have announced the intention to close underperforming and unprofitable stores both domestically and internationally in the 12 months of 2014. Get an overall view and compare the store closing plans of all the largest U.S. retail chains here.

This 2014 U.S. Domestic and International Store Closings list is arranged alphabetically, according to the name of the retail chain. The number in the left column indicates the total number of store closings that will happen in 2014, as confirmed by officials from each retail chain. This list will be updated frequently throughout 2014 as more store closing information and numbers are announced and confirmed.  The latest additions to the Store Closing List are indicated with bold lettering.

All 2014 U.S. Retail Industry Store Closings - Complete Alphabetical Company Listing of Store Closings (continued):

20  Delhaize

6   Denny’s

2   Design Spree

54  Destination Maternity

2   Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

2   Dillons Grocery Stores

360 Dots

1   East of England Co-op

1   Eddie Bauer

42  Edwin Watts Golf

76  EE

50  Express (through 2017)

1     Family Christian Stores

370 Family Dollar

4   Family Fare

65  Fastenal

2     Finger Furniture

2   Finish Line

1     Food Fast Convenience Store

1   Food Lion

42   Fresh & Green's

4   Fresh Market

2   Fresh Pride

128 GameStop

70  Gamestop (Spain)

2   Gediman’s

20   Gilly Hicks

54  Golf Galaxy (by 2016)

2   Gourmet Heaven

1   Graeter’s

50  Guess (through 2015)

1   Gulf

1   Haggen Food & Pharmacy

1     Hallmark

2     Haverty’s

22  Homemade Pizza Co.

6   Honk’s $1.00

1     Hubbell & Hudson

1     Hubbell & Hudson

1   Hush Puppies

4   Jack in the Box

33  JCPenney

1    JC's 5 Star Outlet

2    JMR Chalk Garden

170 Jones Group (by mid-2014 )

70  Juicy Couture

1   Kim’s Video & Music

50  Kitchen Collection

150 Kmart

1   Knecht Home Center

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

8   Long John Silver's

4   Lowe’s Foods

7   Macy's

5   Mattress Source

1   Max Club (Wal-Mart)

74  McDonald's (Japan)

4   McDonald’s (Moscow)

4   Meat House

13  Mill Stores Furniture Outlet

2   My Favorite Toy Store

56  Naartjie Kids

7   Noni B

2   Nordstrom

1   Oak Express

400 Office Depot/Max (by 2016)

150 Office Depot (2014)

1   Old Navy

2   P2 by Pink Pump

25  Papa John’s

2   Pappoule’s Greek Restaurant

12  Peet’s Coffee & Tea

63  Pep Boys (“in the coming years”)

20  Pick ’n Save (by 2017) 

2   Piggly Wiggly

1   Pottery Barn

1   Pottery Barn Kids

2   Powell’s Books

8   Price Busters

125  P.S. from Aeropostale

200  Radio Shack (through 2017)

2   Rainbow Foods

9   Rainbow’s Supermarkets

1   Ralph's

150 Rent-A-Center

1   Risky Business

10  Rite Aid

1   Ross Dress For Less

2   Rustic Hutch

2   Safeway

2   Savers Thrift Store

155 Sbarro

339 Sears

35  Sears Auto Centers

8    Seattle's Best Coffee

1   Shaw’s

3   Shoe Carnival

1   Shopko

4   Sprint Gas Stations

3   Stein Mart

1   Stop & Shop

1   Sofa Mart

20  SONY

55  Sprint

170 Staples

55  Staples (2015)

1   Sunoco

1   Talbots Clearance Outlet

12  Target

2   Thomasville Home Furnishings

1   Tom Thumb (Safeway)

1   TOP Food & Pharmacy

1   Toys 'R Us

1   Tractor Supply Company

1   Tuesday Morning

1   Tumi

76  Walgreens

1   Wal-Mart

1   Wawa

2   Weis Markets

48  Wet Seal

1   WH Smith Books

3   Williams-Sonoma

23  Winn-Dixie

60  Wolverine World Wide (Stride Rite and Keds)

80  Wolverine World Wide (2015 - Strike Rite & Keds)

1   Yankee Candle