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Greeting Card Chain Folds

Papyrus is closing all 254 stores

(Newser) - Last year was a tough one for the retail industry and 2020 isn't looking much better. The owner of greeting card and stationary chain Papyrus says that after "Herculean efforts" to make its stores "fit today's retail environment," it is calling it quits, USA Today... More »

Pier 1 Closing Half of Its Stores

300 employees to be laid off at corporate HQ: Bloomberg

(Newser) - Pier 1 Imports is planning to close nearly half of its 942 stores in the US and Canada, as well as some distribution centers. Monday's announcement—meaning layoffs for 300 people, or about 40%, of staff at its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, per Bloomberg —came as the... More »

See If Your Sears Is on Newest Closure List

96 more Kmart, Sears stores will close by February

(Newser) - If Sears and Kmart stores were animals, they would have just shifted a little higher up the endangered list. Transformco, the company that took ownership of the chains after Sears declared bankruptcy last year, announced Thursday that 96 more stores—51 Sears locations and 45 Kmart stores—will be closed... More »

Flagship Stores Have a Serious Problem

Even Barneys New York is looking at possible bankruptcy

(Newser) - It used to be considered the retailer's crown jewel—a large format store on a swank corridor that showed off the best of what a brand had to offer. But now the so-called flagship store is disappearing from high-profile shopping thoroughfares like Manhattan's Madison Avenue and Chicago's... More »

Still Mourning Toys R Us? Wipe Away Those Tears

Sources say small-scale comeback is in the making, with e-commerce site, handful of US stores to open

(Newser) - A big-box chain that shut down all of its US stores last year is announcing a comeback of sorts, though it will be more small box than big box. There'd been hints in late 2018 and earlier this year that Toys R Us wasn't completely dead in the... More »

Dressbarn Is Closing All 650 Stores

Chain is 2019's latest retail casualty

(Newser) - In the latest blow to brick-and-mortar retailing, Dressbarn says it is going out of business and closing all 650 stores nationwide. "This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today's retail environment,” Dressbarn chief... More »

CVS Closes 46 Stores. See If Yours Is On the List

46 stores closed nationwide in April

(Newser) - CVS Health has closed 46 "underperforming" stores, or fewer than 1% of some 9,600 locations nationwide, as it shifts its retail strategy. Taking a $135 million hit, CVS initiated the closures in April under a plan to reduce floor space for retail products and embrace more health care... More »

Victoria's Secret Is Closing a Lot of Stores

More than 50 locations will be shuttered as brand competes with big-box retailers, startups

(Newser) - Victoria's Secret has seemingly been operating under the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mantra, which for its specific purposes meant continuing to promote its brand through a long-successful campaign of celebrity supermodels and pushup bras. Except now it appears that business model may be... More »

This May Be Biggest US Retail Liquidation Ever

Payless is shuttering all 2,100 of its stores here, as well as its e-commerce operation

(Newser) - In what the Wall Street Journal says may be the biggest retail liquidation ever in America, one of the nation's most well-known chains for shoes on the cheap is closing all of its stores here. A spokesman says all of Payless' 2,100 or so US locations are expected... More »

Sears Gets Another Lifeline

Eddie Lampert says he can add cash to bid

(Newser) - Sears received another lifeline Tuesday when the company's chairman and largest shareholder promised to line up the necessary financing to keep the struggling department store chain afloat. The reprieve came after what Sears lawyers described to a bankruptcy judge in New York as "round-the-clock" negotiations following the company... More »

Iconic Store Is Saying Goodbye

Henri Bendel department store in NYC is going out of business after 123 years

(Newser) - Shop on Fifth Avenue? Neither do we, but still: The iconic Henri Bendel department store will soon be gone along with its e-commerce business and 22 other brick-and-mortar locations, People reports. Parent company L Brands is making the move amid increasing retail competition and plummeting company stocks, which fell 55%... More »

JCPenney Closing at Least 130 Stores

6K employees will get early retirement incentive

(Newser) - JCPenney says it will be closing 130 to 140 stores over the next several months as it aims to improve online sales, reports the AP . Locations will be announced next month. CEO Marvin Ellison says the company also is offering an early retirement program to 6,000 employees, per the... More »

The Limited's Stores Just Got Eliminated

Mall icon closes doors on all its brick and mortar stores

(Newser) - The Limited is a mall staple no longer, abruptly announcing that all its remaining 250 locations would close Sunday, reports the Washington Post , resulting in about 4,000 job losses. Per a statement on the retailer's website: "We're sad to say that all The Limited stores nationwide... More »

6 Major Retailers Agree to Stop On-Call Scheduling

9 state AGs were investigating worker-unfriendly system

(Newser) - Disney and Aeropostale are among six retailers that have agreed to stop using on-call scheduling, a system worker advocates have said means too much unpredictability for employees. The change in scheduling was made following an inquiry by nine attorneys general. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday about 50,... More »

Macy's, JC Penney Sued Over Bargains That Aren't Bargains

'Customers have the right to be told the truth about the prices they're paying'

(Newser) - Los Angeles prosecutors on Thursday sued four national retailers, accusing them of duping shoppers into believing they got bigger discounts than they actually did, the AP reports. The separate lawsuits alleging deceptive advertising were filed against JC Penney, Sears, Kohl's, and Macy's, according to the Los Angeles city... More »

Employees Say Kmart Is on Its Last Legs

Company says it's 'focused on restoring profitability'

(Newser) - Kmart says it's "focused on restoring profitability to the company." Employees say it's preparing to declare bankruptcy within a year. As Business Insider reports, Kmart—which has seen sales plummet to less than a third of what they were in 2000—is clearing out stock rooms,... More »

Reeling From Dismal Holidays, Macy's Slashes 4.8K Jobs

It's been a rough road for Macy's as online shopping takes over

(Newser) - Macy's is slashing jobs, a harbinger of hard times for retailers after a holiday season that saw a noticeable shift to online shopping and away from physical stores. The nation's largest department-store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said late Wednesday it's cutting up to 4,800... More »

San Francisco OKs 'Bill of Rights' for Retail Workers

Now employee schedules must be set 2 weeks in advance

(Newser) - San Francisco has moved to help workers stymied by uncertain schedules: Under what's being called the " Retail Workers Bill of Rights ," employers must solidify their employees' shifts at least two weeks in advance—or pay their workers extra in the form of "predictability pay," Politico... More »

8 Iconic Stores That Have Disappeared

From Filene's Basement to Tower Records

(Newser) - This week, Radioshack announced the closing of some 1,100 stores, prompting speculation as to whether it will go the way of Blockbuster. That reminds a nostalgic Caitlin Dewey at the Washington Post of the key stores of yesteryear that just aren't there anymore:
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Radioshack Bleeding, Will Close 1 in 5 Stores

Company announces dismal holiday sales numbers

(Newser) - Radioshack released an absolutely grisly quarterly report today, and on its heels came plans to close as many as 1,100 stores—or about 20% of its total, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company said it had lost $191.4 million over the holiday quarter, a huge jump from... More »

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