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4 retailers likely to close stores this year
February 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM


These are the retailers that will close the most stores in 2013.

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1. Best Buy

· Forecast store closings: 200 to 250

· Number of U.S. stores:1,056

· One-year stock performance: -36.8 percent

The holiday season was rough for Best Buy Co. Inc. Same-store sales declined by 1.4 percent year-over-year, with international stores posting a 6.4 percent decline while U.S. same-store sales were flat. Companywide, the electronics retailer reported that holiday revenue had declined to $12.8 billion from $12.9 billion the year before. In the most recent completed quarter, during which same-store sales declined 4.3 percent, the company reported a loss of $0.04 per share. Best Buy has been plagued by customers “showrooming” -- looking at products in the store and then purchasing them online -- in recent years. Speculation persists that former chairman and founder Richard Schulze may buy out the company.

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2. Barnes & Noble

· Forecast store closings: 190 to 240, per company comments

· Number of U.S. stores: 689

· One-year stock performance: 8.95 percent

The move by customers away from print books toward digital books has hurt Barnes & Noble Inc.. Same-store sales during the nine-week holiday season fell by 8.2 percent year-over-year. The bookseller has tried to offset the declines in physical book sales with its Nook e-book reader device, but sales of that device fell 13 percent compared to the previous year. The company already has begun cutting down the number of its stores in the past several years. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, the head of the retail group at Barnes & Noble said he expected the company to have just 450 to 500 retail stores in 10 years.

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3. Sears Holding Corp.

· Forecast store closings: Kmart 175 to 225, Sears 100 to 125

· Number of U.S. stores: 2,118

· One-year stock performance: 8.8 percent

Both Sears and Kmart have been going down the tubes for a long time, steadily losing their middle-income shoppers to retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. Sears Holdings Corp.'s same-store sales have declined for six years. In the most recent year, same-store sales at the namesake franchise fell by 1.6 percent and at Kmart by 3.7 percent, compared to the year-ago period. The company is already in the process of downsizing its brick-and-mortar presence. In 2012, Sears announced it was shutting 172 stores. CEO Lou D’Ambrosio is leaving the company in February, to be replaced by chairman and hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert. Lampert has minimal operating experience in retail management.

4. J.C. Penney

· Forecast store closings: 300 to 350

· Number of U.S. stores: 1,100

· One-year stock performance: -53.6 percent

J.C. Penney has gone through a rough stretch recently. In the most recent quarter, same-store sales fell by 26.1 percent compared to the year-ago period. Even Internet sales, which are increasing significantly across the retail sector, have taken a turn for the worst, falling 37.3 percent in the third quarter, compared to the prior year. J.C. Penney sales have taken a turn for the worst since former Apple Inc. retail chief Ron Johnson took the helm at the company. Johnson’s plan, among others, has been to wean customers off of heavy discounting and simply give customers low prices. However, retail strategists and analysts have argued that Johnson’s plans have created confusion among customers and has been a further setback to any potential turnaround.


  • DieselsMom
    February 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I'll miss Best Buy....but Sears and JCP are both horrible so those can go to. and with the Kindle, Barnes and Noble should refocus on selling ebooks instead of only makes sense

  • FromAtoZ
    February 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Sears has been on their way out for a while now.  Penney's blew it with the new plan.  Best Buy, I don't shop there so I really can't say much.  Barnes and Noble, no one reads actual books any more.  Sad, sad day.

  • mhaney03
    February 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Our JCP is closing, everything is on clearance.  $90 purse for $20

  • Woodbabe
    February 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Ooh time to hit some sales! :)

  • lanceandhailey
    February 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

     Well Best Buy I gladly would have bought my kids' iPod touches from you if walmart and target weren't $20 and $25 cheaper! When you have three to buy that really adds up! Oh, and I always get my ebooks on Amazon..

  • mikiemom
    February 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Best Buy is not Closing they are downsizing which is a reality for many stores that grew too fast in this economy. They can not support so many brick and mortor stores. They will continue to do a brisk online business and will have many brick and mortor stores to fall back on.

    Barnes and Nobles has the same problem as Best Buy.

    Sears and JcPenny have not been able to keep up and adapt to the changing market. When a company does not adapt to serve the new market share they risk going out of business.

  • idunno1234
    February 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    We all buy too much shit anyway.

  • katy_kay08
    February 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    four stores with horrible customer service.  

  • rfurlongg
    February 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM
    Yep :-).

    Quoting Woodbabe:

    Ooh time to hit some sales! :)

  • mikiemom
    February 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

     Yes, this is a common factor among these four stores.

    Quoting katy_kay08:

    four stores with horrible customer service.  


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