2016 and 2017 Retail Store Closings in California

California's retail economy has been hit hard by store closings

California Store Closings 2015 - Going Out of Business Sale Locations
© Barbara Farfan for About.com

Aeropostale was one of several U.S. retail chains to add numbers to the "California Store Closings List" in 2016. Although five Aeropostale store closings for the entire state of California might not seem significant, it's easy to see how the retail and California state economy continues to lose in a big way when you add on other store closings in 2016 and 2017. These include those by Sports Authority, Kmart, Hancock Fabricks, and Jos A Bank.

Before the first month of the 2016 calendar year had come to an end, the California retail industry and the state economy had already suffered significant losses. More than two dozen retail store locations of major U.S. chains closed their doors for the last time there in the first month of the 2016 calendar year. Almost every store closing announcement from the largest U.S. retail chains included a significant number of final store closing sales in the state, and more have followed in 2017.

Walmart, Macy's, JCPenney, Kmart, Sears, and The Gap are just some of the retail chains that have hosted and will continue to stage "Going Out of Business" sales in California retail brick-and-mortar store locations. Smaller chains like Harstrings and Kitson's also liquidated their California retail operations completely in the 2016 calendar year.

Here's a list of store closing locations that have happened in 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the state of California.

More may be on the immediate horizon. 

California Store Closings 2015 - Going Out of Business Sale Locations

Aeropostale
Oakridge Mall
925 Blossom Hill Rd.
San Jose, CA

Aeropostale
Vincent Chico Mall
1950 East 20th St.
Chico, CA

Aeropostale
Town Center at Otay Ranch
2015 Birch Rd.
Chula Vista, CA

Aeropostale
Westside Pavilion
10800 W.

Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Aeropostale
Sunrise Mall
6041 Sunrise Mall
Citrus Heights, CA

American Eagle Outfitters
Main Place Mall
Santa Ana, CA
Closed January 2016

Gap
Fashion Fair Mall
Fresno, CA
Scheduled closing January 26, 2016

Gap
Main Place Mall
Santa Ana, CA
Closed January 2016

Gap Kids
Fashion Fair Mall
Fresno, CA
Scheduled closing January 26, 2016

Gap
Main Place Mall
Santa Ana, CA
Closed January 2016

Hancock Fabrics

Hartstrings
Livermore Premium Outlets
2774 Paragon Outlets Drive
Livermore, CA 94551
Store Closings began November 20, 2015

Hartstrings
Vacaville Premium Outlets
321 Nut Tree Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
Store Closings began November 20, 2015

Hometown Buffet
4300 Florin Rd.
Sacramento, CA
Closed February 2016

Hometown Buffet
2344 Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA​
Closed February 2016

Hometown Buffet
9089 Bruceville Road.
Elk Grove, CA

JCPenney
Vallco Shopping Mall, Cupertino, CA

WalmartMacy's, and Sears, are just some of the largest U.S. retail chains that are closing stores and hosting "Going Out of Business" sales in the state. San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Long Beach are just some of the California cities that will have fewer retail shopping options by the end of the 2017 calendar year.  

The Hollywood-based Kitson luxury boutique apparel chain closed all 17 of its stores in 2016, most of which were located in California.

Once the retail destination for celebrities who actually wanted to be "caught" shopping by the paparazzi, the Kitson chain was credited for introducing the concept of high-end casual apparel to the state of California. With just 11 California store closings, the loss of the Kitson's retail chain doesn't seem all that significant. That's probably true in terms of revenue, but in terms of California chic, the loss of this unique California-based retail brand diminishes the magnetic pull of the state as a global retail shopping destination.

California 2016 and 2017 "Going Out of Business" Sales

These retail store locations are either stores that have already closed or those that have been slated to close before the end of the 2017 calendar year.  

Johnny Rockets
Main Place Mall
Santa, Ana, CA

Jos A Bank Outlet
2676 Outlet Drive, Livermore, CA 94551
Phone: (925) 243-9390

Kitson’s
Westfield
400 S. Baldwin Ave.
Suite 148L
Arcadia, CA

Kitson’s
1065 Brea Mall
Unit 11188
Brea, CA

Kitson’s
740 E. Ventura Blvd.
Suite 226
Camarillo, CA

Kitson’s 
San Diego Harbor
789 W. Harbour Dr.
Suite D1
San Diego, CA

Kitson’s
851 Paseo Nuevo
Space #101
Santa Barbara, CA

Kitson’s
395 Santa Monica Place
#120
Santa Monica, CA

Kitson’s
85690 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA

Kitson’s Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Rd.
Suite 7008
San Diego, CA

Kitson’s Malibu Kids
3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Suite D120
Malibu, CA

Kitson’s Malibu Lumberyard
3939 Cross Creek Rd.
Suite C110
Malibu, CA

Kitson’s Men’s on Robertson
142 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA

Kitson’s Women’s on Robertson
115 S. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA

Kmart
8501 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant
1365 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA 94133

Macy's
Irvine Spectrum
Irvine, CA

Macy's
Country Club Plaza
Sacramento, CA

Macy's
Westfield Century City
Los Angeles, CA 

Marie Callender's
5363 Culver Dr.
Irvine, CA 92604

Mens Wearhouse

Panda Express (inside Vons)
Kings Canyon Road
Sacramento, CA

Panda Express (inside Vons)
Clovis Avenue
Sacramento, CA

Pinkberry
City Place
Santa Ana, CA

Scoop NYC
265 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310.362.6100

Scoop NYC
216 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Phone: 424.238.5499

Sears
Hillsdale Shopping Center
40 Hillsdale Mall
San Mateo, CA 94403

Sports Authority

Toys 'R Us
Market Place 
2882 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Walmart (Full Size) Store Location Closing
5502 Monterey Hwy
San Jose, CA

Walmart (Full Size)
151 E 5th St
Long Beach, CA

Walmart (Full Size)
8400 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, CA

Walmart (Full Size) 
4101 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Walmart Neighborhood Market
2408 Lincoln Ave.
Altadena, CA

Walmart Neighborhood Market
6820 Eastern Ave.
Bell Gardens, CA

Walmart Neighborhood Market
701 W Cesar E Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Walmart Neighborhood Market
2045 E Highland Ave.
San Bernardino, CA

Walmart Neighborhood Market
12120 Carson St.
Hawaiian Gardens, CA

In May 2017, Macy's announced that it would close another 68 stores nationwide. Among these were three located in California, but these had already been slated for closure in 2016 and they appear on the above list. 

Sears announced in June 2017 that it intended to close 72 stores, including a Sears location in Chico, California and three KMart stores located in the state.