Thursday 20 June 2024

Retailers Closing Nearly 3,200 Stores, Up From Last Year: Survey

 Retail chains are closing thousands of stores this year, nearly a quarter more than by this time last year, a new survey shows.

Companies are announcing the closures of almost 3,200 brick-and-mortar stores so far in 2024, according to a recent analysis from CoreSight Research, which tracks store closures and openings.

This is a 24% increase from a year ago, according to the report.

Major retail chains have announced about 4% fewer store openings compared to this time last year as well.

The stores cite multiple factors, including bankruptcies, inflation, and shoplifting, all of which lead to the prohibitive costs of keeping the stores open. Organized retail theft rings have become an urgent problem for both retail chains and small businesses in some areas.

Another factor is customers opting to shop online at places like Amazon rather than in person, a trend that has driven down store traffic over the past two decades.

RiteAid and Rue21, a clothing company, have both declared bankruptcy. Rue21 cited inflation and is laying off all of its 4,900 employees. RiteAid will close 165 stores this year.

About eight million square feet of closed retail space resulted from drug store and pharmacy closures in the U.S. this year, the CoreSight report noted.

Dollar Tree cited inflation and shoplifting in announcing plans to close more than 600 Family Dollar locations, the largest number of any retailer so far this year.


Tupperware announced last week that it will close its only U.S. factory located in South Carolina, laying off all 148 workers starting in September.

The container company will continue production at a Mexico plant.

Other companies closing a large number of stores include 99 Cents Only Stores, which is closing 371 stores, CVS with 315 stores, 7-11 with 272 stores, Express with 105 stores, Walgreens’ parent company with 77 stores, and Macy’s with 51 stores.

Stores closing under 50 stores include Sleep Number, Burlington, Foot Locker, Carter’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Big Lots, Dollar General, H&M, Best Buy, and Ross, among others.

However, several of these chains are also expanding. Dollar General plans to add more than 800 locations this year, and 7-Eleven plans to open more than 270 new stores this year. Five Below also plans to open 227 new stores.

The skyrocketing inflation of the last several years has caused prices for everyday necessities to spike, including food, gas, and housing, and Americans are feeling the pain in their wallets.

Prices are up an eye-popping 20% since January, 2021, before inflation spiked.

Inflation has fallen significantly after peaking at 9.1% in June, 2022, but as of last month it remained high at about 3.3%, much higher than the Federal Reserve’s goal of 2%.

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