2014 US Retail Industry Chain Store Closings

Roundup of Retailers Closing Underperforming Locations or Going Bankrupt in 2014

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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.

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See also:  Roundup of 2015 Store Closings Announcements >>

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 is 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.

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.

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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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2014 Retail Store Closings Arranged Alphabetically

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NEWS: Extreme Late Closing Times for 2014 Christmas Shoppers >>

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.

UPDATE:  All 2015 Store Closings List >>

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.

See also 2014 Store Closings Arranged Alphabetically >>

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       Seatlle’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

>> Click for more 2014 Retail Store Closings >>

>> 2014 Store Closings Arranged Alphabetically >>

NEWS: Do Drastically Late Closing Times Reveal Drastically Desperate Retail Chains? >>

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 int he 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. 

<< Click to see the U.S. retail chains closing the largest number of stores in 2014 <<

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


>> 2014 Store Closings Arranged Alphabetically >>

>> Related:  All 2014 Retail Store Openings Complete Roundup >>

UPDATE: Extreme Late Closing Times and Extreme Christmas Retailing Strategies >> 

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.

<< See also All 2014 Store Closings arranged by store closing numbers <<

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


>> Click for jcpenney, Walmart, McDonald's and more 2014 Retail Store Closings Numbers Arranged Alphabetically >>

2014 NEWS UPDATE: Latest Extended Closing Times in U.S. Retail History >> 

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 jcpenney 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.

<< Related: Click for the beginning of the alphabetized 2014 Retail Store Closings List <<

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      Knect 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       Seatlle’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

>> See also All 2014 Store Closings arranged by store closing numbers

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