It has been reported on many websites and in emails that the following stores will be going out of business or closing locations/departments between October 2008 and January 2009.

By the way, if there are any errors with this list, I honestly don’t care. I make no guarantees about the accuracy of this information and am merely reporting what I’ve read elsewhere. It could be false. It could be true. I’m just reporting what I’ve read.

Here is some other information about stores closing at Snopes.

  • Circuit City
  • Ann Taylor closing 117 stores
  • Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherine’s to close 150 store nationwide
  • Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January
  • Cache will close all stores
  • J. Jill closing all stores
  • GAP closing 85 stores
  • Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January
  • Wickes Furniture closing down
  • Levitz closing down remaining stores
  • Bombay closing remaining stores
  • Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January
  • Whitehall closing all stores
  • Piercing Pagoda closing all stores
  • Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January
  • Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in New Brunswick, NJ
  • Macys to close 9 stores after January
  • Linens and Things closing all stores
  • Movie Galley Closing all stores
  • Pacific Sunware closing stores
  • Pep Boys Closing 33 stores
  • Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores
  • JC Penney closing a number of stores after January
  • Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores
  • Wilson Leather closing down all stores
  • Sharper Image closing down all stores
  • K B Toys closing 356 stores
  • Loews to close down some stores
  • Dillard’s to close some stores


Yahoo writer Rick Newman just released a list of stores he thinks MIGHT not make it through 2009 or at the very least will look a lot different.

  1. Rite Aid
  2. Claire’s Stores
  3. Chrysler
  4. Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group
  5. Realogy Corp
  6. Station Casinos
  7. Loehmann’s Capital Group
  8. Sbarro
  9. Six Flags
  10. Blockbuster
  11. Krispy Kreme
  12. Landry’s Restraunts
  13. Sirius Satellite Radio
  14. Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings
  15. BearingPoint

Read the whole article here.

51 Responses to “Stores Closing or Going Out of Business”
  1. Suzanne says:

    As a J Jill employee, I’d just like to set the record straight.

    1) Talbots is not closing. They have sold their mens and childrens stores, but their womens stores will remain unaffected, and they plan to open more stores in 2009.

    2) J Jill is not closing either. Talbots is selling us, and the retail stores will be unaffected by the sale. They also plan to open more stores in 2009.

  2. cortney allen says:

    i am glad movie gallory is leaving they suck ass and thier prices are way too high go to movie magic instead thier prices are way lower and they have tanning as well

  3. Anonymous says:

    you forgot Tweeter

  4. shannon says:


  5. arieal says:

    national whole sale liquidators is closing all stores

  6. Eileen Pierre says:

    Are you going to sell all the merchandise from these stores because maybe you can sell it to department stores like Jc Penney or Sear Kmart or even Kohls instead of drastically reducing the prices because you sell so many goods that people could use .

  7. Chelsea says:

    You also forgot steve and barrys

  8. Michelle says:

    I’m an employee of JC Penney, and would like to clarify that whereas a few underperforming stores will be closed (as normally happens in any retail business), we will be opening more stores in 2009.

    You state that “you don’t care” if your list is wrong. Well, I don’t know about other companies, but the legal department of Penney’s is tracking down websites who are publishing false information about them and will be taking appropriate action!

  9. Oodora says:

    Thank god there is still something called free speech in this country (though it wont be long before that liberty is gone too). I am not an employee or someone “in the know” or an authority in the community in that my “opinion” could cause any defamation to any company in the form of libel.

    There is already much debate on whether Internet blogs or Bulletin Boards are publishers, and therefore not liable, being that they are an Internet based community more akin to conversations in a bar or pub, with content being written as an ongoing dialog which is generally not edited or regulated such as in the publishing industry. These cases brought against internet blogs and message boards would be very difficult to win.

    Then there is the defense of “truth” and the statement in the post regarding the store says: “JC Penney closing a number of stores after January“. According to your reply, that statement is actually TRUE… they ARE closing a number of stores. But then we come back to the nature of the internet in that there is no guarantee that you are who you say you are and have any truth in your information either.

    So if a legal team has the time to try to come after little blogs on the internet, go right ahead. I’ll be sure to document and promote the hell out of every step of the legal proceedings which I’m sure will do wonders for their PR.

  10. Lesa says:

    You go!! Too funny…I know its hard to hear your store may or may not be closing, been there done that a few times in my retail career, but it always comes down to the bottom line. Perhaps if some of these stores offered some decent customer service, and quality merchandise at decent prices instead of $89 for a Hollister sweater, that they had made for $14, some of these stores would remain in business. Hmm…food for thought. Keep up the good work and good for you standing up to the ole Penney Brothers lol!

  11. BABS says:

    Has anyone heard if Blue Mercury spa/beauty stores are closing??? Owned by a DC based private owner I believe. There are 2 in Mass, one in Burlington Mall, Burlington Ma, and there is never anyone in there

  12. ASIA says:

    Michelle, you take your job too seriously

  13. Shanna says:

    My sympathy goes out to any store employee, but you can’t get upset with this blogger. She was kind enough to post useful information she read from several sources I’m sure. In many cases employees have no idea how poorly stores are performing. I have an example of that- in October Mervyn’s announced their they were closing and liquidating. I can tell you every single employee I spoke with was in shock and had no idea the store would be closing. Now, going back to the issue with JCPenny’s, as I recall they had issues a few years back and I know the local JCPenny in my area closed (so I assumed they all closed and to my surprise they didn’t).

    Anyway, thanks for a great article I ran a google search for this exact information!

  14. Mystic says:

    Just a little true fact: I WAS the manager of Piercing Pagoda until Monday Jan 19th. I went to work as normal on Monday, thinking everything was just fine. By 2pm the same day I was walking out of work with my personal belongings in my hand. I wasnt making millions, but my store was on point for the month. It came as quite a shock. Not only that, but the other 2 stores in my area (all of us were at different locations) were closed as well. This isnt the first of the closures either!! Many have fallen prey and there are many many more to come. It isnt happening overnight, but rest assured that it IS happening. Piercing pagoda managers and employees beware…..your jobs are not secure!!! And with the most recent stock numbers, Zales is running a close 2nd to becoming extinct. Piercing Pagoda and Zales are part of the same corporation….and Zales may THINK they are the #1 jewelry retailer, but the stock sure doesnt make it look that way. In fact, last year at this time the shares were at approx. $34/share. Today they are at a LOW $1.30/share. Confidence in the company is non-existant and the store – ALL PAGODA AND ZALES – will close. My guess is by the end of this fiscal year!!!

  15. sunshine says:

    Which Pagoda or which state are you in??

  16. Fiona says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of stores, has ne one heard ne thing about old navy? I heard they were going outta business 2

  17. Jessica says:

    The Blue Tulip will also be closing its doors as well as Syms

  18. Lila says:

    JCPenney will NOT be closing stores in 2009…. They have instead reduced their new store openings projection by about half….. they will still build a hundred-million dollar store in downtown Manhattan – rumored to be 5 stories.

    Around my area, a lot of shoe departments and foot lockers have shut down, I heard Pac Sun is on the way out too : (

  19. Mandy L says:

    I hope Piercing Pagoda and Zales DOES go out of business. They treat their employees poorly. They forbid them from using the bathroom and leaving the store to take a break. But in the same turn you are not allowed to eat behind the counter. I hope if they don’t go bankrupt, they do get hefty fines from the government for mistreatment of their employees.

  20. Thomas Smith says:

    I worked at linens and things for a long time and heard alot of rumors of all the stores that were closing. I never heard once that our store was closing. We were number 5 in the nation and number one in our district. We were one of the last 50 stores to close. It really hurt all the employees and now I work for toys r us who have cut their hours so low that everyone in the store is working two-three days a week max getting a min of 10 hours a week. (that doesnt pay bills) So hey we are in a slump we just have to pull through and pray for the people like me and other employees of G.O.B. companies.

    To talk alittle about JCPENNEY my fiance works for them and I know the GM here pretty well and they closed some stores back in the end of 2008. But JCPENNEY is not hurting as much as everyone thinks they are the largest retailer in the united states and the largest clothing and furniture dealer on the internet so I think they will do fine. I do want to send my prayers out to circuit city workers for they only have a couple of days left and they are jobless.

    So I hope everyone makes it through ok and take care and GOD BLESS!

  21. help me please says:

    hey, i have a question! Have you heard of any Video Warehouse closings- Not Video Unlimited or Moive Gallery or BlockBuster but video warehouse?

  22. Rudylania Ewen says:

    You need to take a look at Fortunoff, that’s Store is in serious trouble. I think they may close by the end of March, I know some employees there who will be layoff.
    The comment made by Lesa is right, they should not charge so much to the consumer. That may be help them to stay on business.

  23. crystal says:

    I just received a notice this week that Joanne Fabrics & Crafts is closing some stores also.

  24. Anonymous says:

    i have worked for the j.c.penney company for many years, so here is the news about store closeings yes about 6 so far these stores have done very poorley. all mangement down too sales clerks will receive no raise this year. a few new store opeings, for the ones closeing. overall j.c.penney has new plans for the upcomeing years.

  25. Blamminskerino says:

    Keep waving that flag !
    You see Oprahs deal on ¨tent cities¨
    I suppose not.

  26. jerry parshall says:

    Syms is closing stores early, in what appears to be a cost-cutting measure. At their Rockville, MD store the customers are so irate they have an armed county cop threatening customers with “disorderly conduct” arrests.

  27. Quan says:

    circuit city nd footlocker need not close sht cuz dem stores is jig ma nigga nd 2 cortney allen stop gettin on movie gallary cos u cnt afford wat dey sellin. no store dat sell movies is ass itz jig so get over your impoverished conditions nd stop bashing movie gallery cos it aint they fault u poor bitch. whoever siad michelle take her job 2 seriously u right. calm ur nipples bitch nd stop havin a tity attack. u actin lyk dey no it wasfalse info nd even if we say dat nd it dnt go outta business itz not lyk we cnt see a big ass store just sittin in da middle of da street dumby. u not gone go outta business. man u retared michelle. u really dnt need 2 get da law involved for suttin we aint no. dats jus ridiculous. Asia sed u take ur job 2 seriously. dats true. u way 2 uptight. go get laid nd i say dat wit as much love possible nd i mean dat from da bottom of ma heart. u not gone have friends 4 doin sht lyk dat. hey asia let me holla. names Quan look me up on ma space. how old r u Asia?

  28. joanna says:

    is cache closing???

  29. Newport says:

    Hey Quan, learn how to talk. You sound like an idiot. People here are trying to discuss this. I know you are trying very hard to sound like you live in the Hood which isn’t exactly something to be proud about.

  30. Kim says:

    Does anyone know of any stores closing that would giveaway the clothing racks?
    I manage an event an need 10 more racks to hang prom dresses on.
    We giveaway prom dresses for girls in need and try to have 2,000 dresses for them to choose from.
    I’d appreciate any help on this.

    you can reach me at:

  31. Carolyn Marsh says:

    It’s very very sad that these stores are closeing.

  32. Caroline s. says:

    i am gonna miss pac sun. i love their clothes they are really cute.

  33. mm's says:

    WHY is JC PEENY going out of bisnusse? tHEY HAVE THE CUTEST CLOTHS………

  34. xmp says:

    JCPENNEY’s is not going out of business they are/already have closed stores that were doing horrible…They opened new stores in different locations hoping that these will do better…macy’s, sears, and other main retailers do this all of the time. it says up top that “JC Penney closing a number of stores after January” not closing all stores learn how to read

  35. Bye Bye retailers says:

    J.Jill is definately going out of business. The signs are everywhere….crappy merchandise, sudden drop in new merchandise and Rude customer service. They used to be one of the best as far as customer service was concerned so to suddenly see sales people acting like they don’t give a flip is a clear indication of bad things ahead. Even worse, Managers from Express/Limited sensing the imminent demise of J.Jill are actively trying to lure J.Jill employees away. I see the same thing at Ann Taylor. I was in their store the other day and it looked like they had no merchandsie and the quality of what was there was really bad. They used to have great costume jewelry but now they are selling total crap you could buy at the dollar store.

  36. marilyn says:

    the truth is managers and up get paid waaaaaaaaaay to much. they ara lazy and dont do thier jobs. dms are just as bad if not worse. and we the little pepole are the ones that get hurt we are the ones that make everyone else look good. but its never good enough.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I just read the little “threat” from a JcPenney employee. That’s so funny. I use to work for JcP and there’s alot of workers there that think they can just speak for the company or act like they own it. ha! most of the employees are either students or senior citizens. In fact, what is even more funny is that if JcP were to find out that this little employee threatened someone w/ their name, they would not be working there anymore. and it’s obvious the person isn’t the least bit educated, because they didn’t read what was said about JcP before replying.
    anyway. they may not be closing as a whole, but i do know that they are not taking any more employees right now. they also took away commision from the Jewelry department. that’s a sign that business isn’t good. I’ve noticed that their stock has downsized, but that’s only in the local store. it’s possible that the local store will close.

  38. Chicken says:

    I think they should ask the buisnesses before puting this on here if they didnt do that yet..?

  39. Get Over It says:

    I think anyone who puts their trust in a company to pay them what they’re worth and give them a secure job is just another example of the brainwashing that our secular humanist, socialist school systems propagate. This is all too common. People are told their whole lives to go to school, study hard so you can get good grades, so you can go to a good college, so you can get a good education, so you can get a good job. BS. There’s no such thing as a good job out there. If you think you have one, then how’s your family doing? How much time do you have to play with your kids? How much money do you make if you have a lot of time? I’m guessing you fall into one of three categories in this country: 1) You make a LOT of money, but you have NO TIME to enjoy it with your family. 2) You DON’T make a lot of money, and you have plenty of TIME to complain about how broke you are because your job sucks, or you don’t have one. 3) You have NO TIME & NO MONEY because your job sucks, AND you still have to be there 40+ hours a week to make your crappy paycheck. Now, if you stop lying to yourself and saying that you’re doing pretty good, figure out what happened… our country started to teach SLAVERY (employment) instead of FREE ENTERPRISE (owning your own business) so that big companies would have people to work for them and do all the work, while the owners made all the money. If you don’t think employment is slavery, what else would you call a person who gets told what time to wake up so they could be to work on time, what time they can take a 15 minute break, what time they can eat lunch, how long they have for lunch, what time they get to go home, how much or when they can go to the restroom, what type of lifestyle they can have (based on their paycheck) and where they can live, etc. The only difference between slaves and employees is that slaves get free room and board! Sorry to bring the truth, but when I see people who work for companies who only pay them the least amount it would cost to replace them, AND couldn’t care less about them, to the point that they would close the business down without even telling their employees… THEN, the person DEFENDS THE COMPANY… I get a bit frustrated with this whole process because our society is being led astray from a young age. Go start your own business. Get out there and fill a need. Be that person who gives great customer service to YOUR customers. Do something great! Stop depending on someone else to pay you what your worth! You have to make your own way! God will open the doors for you, just step out on faith in your spare time and start working on something to eventually replace your current income stream. DIG YOUR WELL BEFORE YOU’RE THIRSTY. DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR JOB TO BE ELIMINATED AND THE RUG TO BE PULLED OUT FROM UNDER YOU! Honor the founding fathers and become a Free Enterpriser!


    I AGREE WITH A LOT THAT ” GET OVER IT SAID”, WITH A FEW EXEPTIONS. I just wanted to state that the best qualities a person can learn is to be self sufficient and learn to live off the land. I know that completely living off the land is very hard for most people, and you can’t enjoy many other things that society has to offer like entertainment. But to make ends meet, you can learn ways reduce your costs. Grow a garden, do your own work.

    I have a company that sells wholesale body jewelry, I always pay my workers by the piece( per piece handled), so they work when they want, how they want, where they want. They can take as many or few breaks as they want. I have always been profitable doing it this way, and many of my employees made over $ 15.00 an hour which is above average in our area. Some even made $ 20 – $ 25 an hour. However i cannot afford to pay them that way anymore, and to avoid going out of business i have started to do all the work. I only have one employee now, and i can only have her work part time.

    I know of another wholesale company in st. louis that laid off all the workers, and the owner is trying to keep it open. He works their by himself now( no dock workers, no salesmen, no employees at all) He is even doing his own book keeping. He just can’t afford to keep them working.

    Many of us are made to make a decision, for many companies they have to close several stores to keep other stores open. This is not allways the case, however most of the time it is. It is very costly to run a large store, our store is about 16,000 square feet and cost us a lot of money in various expenses to run.

  41. victor says:

    JD and Victor’s Hair Studio are closing one of there hair studios by 1-1-10

  42. Peter B says:

    We are going out of business 12/31/09. Please take advantage of our sales. Fabulous home spa products, facials, muds.

  43. Anonymous says:

    IS it true that possibly Kmart is closing? Or possibly Michaels crafts?

  44. Anonymous says:

    “By the way, if there are any errors with this list, I honestly don’t care. I make no guarantees about the accuracy of this information and am merely reporting what I’ve read elsewhere. It could be false. It could be true. I’m just reporting what I’ve read.”

    Doesn’t that make the information, well, useless?

    Why do bloggers feel the need to spread misinformation? If you aren’t reasonably convinced that it’s true, don’t repeat it. Period.

  45. Ralphy says:

    Hi,Can you provide a list of Urban or Hip Hop clothing designers or stores that are closing doors current April 15 2010….. Thxs

  46. Alvin says:

    i never seen a tabaco or beer company closing….

  47. Liquidation Specialist says:

    I need phone numbers, addresses, and the amount of merchandise

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  49. m says:

    yes i wanna commit on the closings of movie gallery yes it is there fault .they new first hand what they were heading for when they purchased a bankrupting company like holly wood video andthey horned right in to gain the all mighty dollar but instead fell flat on there buts and put more american workers out of a job .movie gallery was doing perficly fine before the holly wood take over ,it a shame that they dont have smart fiancial advisors who really know how to run a company . i set and ponderred on this for months and that wasnt a smart move.

  50. Jim says:

    I feel bad for Movie Gallery because lots of people I know work at these stores and I just love visiting them and renting movies. It’s also sad becaus it seemed like they were coming up big and all of a sudden fell flat on there faces.

  51. ROBYN says:

    Hi, I need to buy mirrors can you point me in the right direction ,, Thank you

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