The “retail apocalypse” has been going on for several years and unfortunately it won’t stop this year.
It is fair to say that the majority of retailers closed stores at least temporarily due to COVID-19. But more than 40 retailers have announced plans to close some or all of their stores permanently this year.
A number of the retailers on this list have filed for bankruptcy. They include Stein Mart; the Ascena Retail Group, the owner of Ann Taylor, Catherines, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice and Lou & Grey; Retailwinds, the owner of New York & Company, Fashion to Figure, and Happy x Nature; Brooks Brothers; GNC; Tuesday Morning; JCPenney; J. Crew; AVF Holdings Inc., the owner of Art Van Furniture, Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture; Pier 1 Imports; Gold’s Gym; Tailored Brands, the owner of Men’s Warehouse and Jos. A. Bank; CEC Entertainment, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza; and Hertz.
Some of the retailers on this list will close all of their stores. They include Pier 1 Imports, New York & Company, Catherines, G.H. Bass and Wilsons Leather.
The store closings of many of these national retailers will be felt at shopping centers across central Pennsylvania.
Here are the 40 national retailers that will be closing stores in 2020:
READ MORE: These retailers filed for bankruptcy this year
On July 23, the Ascena Retail Group, the owner of Ann Taylor, Catherines, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice and Lou & Grey, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ascena is closing 10 Loft stores but none are in Pennsylvania.
The company plans to close 22 stores this year, according to MoneyWise.
Gold’s Gym announced in May that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and said it would close about 30 company-owned stores. None of the company-owned stores are in Pennsylvania, Adam Zeitsiff, president and CEO of Gold’s Gym confirmed to PennLive in June.
Ann Taylor Factory
On July 23, the Ascena Retail Group, the owner of Ann Taylor, Catherines, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice and Lou & Grey, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ascena is closing 38 Ann Taylor Factory stores, but none of the stores are in Pennsylvania.
Christopher & Banks
The retailer plans to close 30 to 40 stores by the end of the year, according to MoneyWise.
Chuck E. Cheese
CEC Entertainment, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 24. As of that date there were 266 company-operated Chuck E Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurant and arcade venues. Chuck E. Cheese announced the closing of 45 locations including locations in the Lancaster and Johnstown areas, according to USA Today.
Transformco, the owner of Kmart said in November that it will close 45 Sears stores by February 2020 including stores in the Wilkes Barre, Williamsport, Lebanon, Berwick and Ephrata areas.
Bath & Body Works
L Brands plans to permanently close 50 Bath & Body Works stores in the United States and one in Canada, according to USA Today.
Transformco, the owner of Sears, said in November that it will close 51 Sears stores by February 2020 including a store in Whitehall and a store in North Wales.
Last month, Brooks Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to Market Watch. The company said it would close about 51 stores. Locations were not announced, but most of the closures have reportedly already begun with inventory moving from targeted stores to distribution centers; eight stores were permanently closed last month, including in NYC, Boston and Washington, D.C., according to Business Insider. Brooks Brothers has more than 500 stores worldwide and 4,025 employees, including an outlet store at Tanger Outlets Lancaster. The Brooks Brothers store at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg has permanently closed, according to the company website.
G-III Apparel Group Ltd. is closing all of its 89 G.H. Bass stores, according to Chain Store Age. G.H. Bass has stores at Tanger Outlets Hershey and the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.
Office Depot has announced it will close 90 locations by 2021, according to MoneyWise.
Following a disappointing 2019 holiday shopping season, the chain announced plans to close around 100 stores by 2022, according to MoneyWise. The number includes 31 that have already shut down in 2020, and another 35 that will be gone by the end of January 2021, the website said.
The 31 stores included these two stores in Pennsylvania, according to Business Insider.
Bensalem: Neshaminy, 707 Neshaminy MallState College: Nittany Mall, 2901 E College Ave.
The company abruptly closed in January and had more than 100 locations, according to WFMZ-TV. There was a location at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace in Susquehanna Township.
G-III Apparel Group Ltd. is closing all 110 Wilsons Leather stores, according to Chain Store Age. Wilsons Leather has stores at Tanger Outlets Lancaster, Tanger Outlets Hershey and the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.
Macy’s announced in February that it would close 125 stores over three years, according to USA Today. Among the first 30 stores that are closing this year include a store at the Harrisburg Mall in Dauphin County and a store at the Nittany Mall in Centre County, according to Business Insider. The Macy’s opened at the mall along Paxton Street in 2006. It is one of largest department stores in the area and will leave a large vacant three-floor space at the mall.
A.C. Moore announced that it will be closing all of its 145 stores including a store on Union Deposit Road in Lower Paxton Township and a store on the Carlisle Pike in Silver Spring Township. Michaels said it would take over 40 of those locations this year.
On July 23, the Ascena Retail Group, the owner of Ann Taylor, Catherines, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice and Lou & Grey, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lane Bryant is closing more than 150 stores including these locations in Pennsylvania, according to the USA Today.
King of Prussia: 160 North Gulph RoadLancaster: 1575 Fruitville Pike, Suite A-2Pittsburgh: 301 S Hills VillageWillow Grove: 2500 W Moreland RoadErie: 670 Millcreek Mall (outlet store)Philadelphia: 1900 Franklin Mills Circle (outlet store)
Modell’s Sporting Goods
Modell’s Sporting Goods filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in March and said it was closing all of it stores, according to Bloomberg. The family-owned business chain had 153 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C., according to a report by Bloomberg.
Motherhood Maternity, Destination Maternity
Destination Maternity filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year and said it would close 183 stores under its brands — Destination Maternity, Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod, according to Business Insider. Twenty-seven of those stores had already closed as of last October, according to the report. One of the stores that closed this year was the Motherhood Maternity store at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township.
J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. The company said at the time it expected to close 192 locations by February 2021 and 50 more would close in its 2022 fiscal year. In June it announced the locations of 151 of those stores including four in Pennsylvania:
Clearview Mall 101 Clearview Circle, ButlerNorth Hanover Mall 1155 Carlisle St., HanoverGalleria @ Pittsburgh Mills 167 Pittsburgh Mill Circle, TarentumCentury III Mall 3075 Clairton Road, West Mifflin
As of December 31, 2018, Luxottica operated 199 Sears Optical stores throughout North America. It’s not clear how many stores remain but, Luxottica announced on its website it will close all of its stores on Feb. 1, including a store at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township.
Art Van Furniture/Wolf Furniture
AVF Holdings Inc. announced in March that it had made the decision to wind down operations and begin liquidation sales at all of its company-owned stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio. The company operates under the brands Art Van Furniture, Art Van PureSleep and Scott Shuptrine Interiors. The company announced on March 6 that Levin Furniture and Wolf Furniture in Ohio and Pennsylvania would be sold to Robert Levin, pending court approval. Eight Wolf Furniture stores in Maryland and Virginia would also be liquidated. Two weeks later Art Van Furniture said it would not sell the eight stores to Robert Levin. In July Robert Levin announced that Levin Furniture would reopen 17 stores in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. About 200 stores will close, according to MoneyWise.
Walgreens said last August that it plans to close approximately 200 locations in the United States but didn’t say when those closings would take place.
The Children’s Place
The Children’s Place plans to close 200 stores this year and another 100 by the end of 2021, according to Today.
Gap said in 2019 that it will close 230 stores over the next two years. In January, the company announced that it already closed 89 of those stores, according to MoneyWise.
Discount retailer, Tuesday Morning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May. The company at the time said it expected to permanently shutter 230 of its 687 locations and said it would be closing “underperforming stores” over the summer. The stores to close include those at the Carpet Mart Plaza in Hampden Township and Colonial Commons shopping center in Lower Paxton Township, according to a list published by CNBC. Tuesday Morning stores in other parts of Pa. are also on the list, including Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh and Quakertown
Last year, Chico’s, which owns Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma, announced that it would close 250 stores over a three-year period, according to RetailDive.
L Brands plans to close 250 Victoria’s Secret stores in the United States and Canada, according to USA Today. Among the closings include a store at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township and a store at the Lebanon Valley Mall.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath and Beyond said it plans to permanently close roughly 200 of its 955 namesake stores over the next two years, starting later this year, according to CNBC, which said the company has a total of 1,478 stores under different brands. Before the pandemic hit, Bed Bath and Beyond had planned to close 40 of its stores by March 2020 and another 20 stores were marked for closure from the other chains BB&B owns, including buybuy BABY and Cost Plus World Market, according to MoneyWise.
On July 23, the Ascena Retail Group, the owner of Ann Taylor, Catherines, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice and Lou & Grey, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ascena closed all 264 Catherines stores. There are 10 Catherines store in the state including one at the Paxton Towne Center in Lower Paxton Township.
Stein Mart Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. The discount retailer said it expects to close a significant portion, if not all, of its approximately 280 brick-and-mortar stores and has launched a store closing and liquidation process.
Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry and Piercing Pagoda
Signet Jewelers said in June that it would not reopen at least 150 of its North America stores that were temporarily shuttered in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the USA Today. Signet Jewelers, which operates thousands of jewelry stores primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry and Piercing Pagoda, also plans to close an additional 150 stores by the end of its fiscal year, which ends in February 2021, according to the newspaper.
The video game retailer will close 300 stores this year, according to the financial website, The Motley Fool. The Gamestop stores that closed this year include a store at the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton Township.
New York & Company
On July 13, Retailwinds, the owner of New York & Company, Fashion to Figure, and Happy x Nature, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. The Company will close all of its stores, according to Footwearnews.com. New York & Company stores at the Harrisburg Mall in Swatara Township, the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township and at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace in Susquehanna Township are the stores the company has in the Harrisburg area. When all of the company’s stores close this year, it will be a total of 405 stores including 25 stores that the retailer said it would close by February 2020 and 380 stores that it is closing now, according to MoneyWise.
Jos. A. Bank, Mens’s Warehouse
Tailored Brands, the owner of Jos. A. Bank and Men’s Warehouse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on August 2. In July it said it would close more than 500 stores. As of Aug. 3, the company had announced only one store closing in Pennsylvania, a Jos. A. Bank store in Philadelphia, according to USA Today.
Girls’ clothing retailer, Justice is closing more than 600 of its 826 stores and the stores are expected to close within the next 30 to 60 days, according to USA Today. Justice will close a number of stores in Pennsylvania. Justice will close 35 stores in the state including stores at the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township; The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg in Mount Joy Township, Adams County; the Park City Center in Lancaster; at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County and at 2819 Concord Road in Springettsbury Township, York County, according to USA Today.
Pier 1 Imports
Pier 1 Imports announced in February that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it was closing more than 400 stores including its store on Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township. But, in May it announced it was closing its remaining 540 stores, including its store in Camp Hill.
GNC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 23. Over the past year, GNC has been closing underperforming stores. GNC expects to accelerate the closure of at least 800 to 1,200 stores. As of March 31, 2020, GNC had approximately 7,300 locations, of which approximately 5,200 retail locations are in the United States (including approximately 1,600 Rite Aid store-within-a-store locations).
The stores that GNC has announced that it is closing in Pennsylvania include:
Monroeville Mall MonroevilleLogan Valley Mall AltoonaOxford Valley Mall LanghorneSpringfield Mall SpringfieldNeshaminy Mall Cornwell HeightsLehigh Valley Mall WhitehallClearfield Mall ClearfieldCranberry Mall CranberryClearview Mall ButlerYork Galleria YorkHyde Park Plaza LeechburgWillow Grove Mall Willow GroveSouth Mall AllentownEdgmont Square Newtown SquareWynnewood Shopping Center WynnewoodShoppes At Montage MoosicPine Creek Center PittsburghPark City Center LancasterMontgomery Mall North WalesCurry Hollow Center Pleasant HillsShoppes @ Pgh Mills TarentumMccandless Crossing PittsburghSummit Ridge Shopping Centre Mt PleasantWindsor Commons Red LionLevittown Town Center LevittownGreentree Road Sc PittsburghAmtrak Station PhiladelphiaMillcreek Mall ErieHillcrest Shopping Center Lower BurrellClarion Mall ClarionNewberry Pointe Etters5530 Walnut Street PittsburghWayne Avenue Plaza Chambersburg
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