Seph Lawless Retailers are closing thousands of stores.

The staggering rate of store closures that has rocked the retail industry over the last couple of years is expected to continue in 2019, with roughly the same level of closures expected this year.

Retailers closed a record-breaking 102 million square feet of store space in 2017, then smashed that record in 2018 by closing another 155 million square feet of space, according to estimates by the commercial real estate firm CoStar Group.

“This year we are predicting more of the same in the retail space,” said Drew Myers, a CoStar senior consultant.

Retailers have announced more than 5,800 store closures so far this year, according to an analysis by Business Insider.

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

Payless ShoeSource: 2,500 stores

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 in the process.

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 wouldliquidate its remaining 416 Charlotte Russe stores and 10 Peek Kids stores.

Family Dollar: 390 stores

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Dollar Treesaid 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.

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

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Gap said Thursday 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.

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.

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.

Sears: 70 stores

Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart stores, emerged from bankruptcy in February after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Destination Maternity: 42-67 stores

Destination Maternity

Destination Maternity plans to close between 42 and 67 stores this year.

Victoria’s Secret: 53 stores

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

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Kmart: 50 stores

Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart stores, emerged from bankruptcy in February after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Abercrombie & Fitch: 40 stores

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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

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.

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

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

Kohl’s: 4 stores

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

Nordstrom: 3 stores

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