At the beginning of the 2008 recession, a lot of major stores shutdown: Borders, Circuit City, Blockbuster, Sears.  Real estate companies replaced the vacant buildings with discount stores and low cost gyms. Thrift shops became very popular because of the last recession, and popped up across town like mushrooms.

Retail is going to end up with a handful of high end stores for the wealthy, and a bunch of big box discount stores for the poor and lower-middle class. Most ‘normies’ will shop online.

Malls are dying because of competition with online retailers and the rapid influx of more minority youth loitering and vandalizing the shopping centers, causing trouble, making malls less safe than they were in the past.

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Several local malls are trying to fill old retail spaces with entertainment options like bowling alleys, laser tag, multi-screen cinemas with the Imax screen, and restaurants. But the owners can’t do anything about the minority presence, so working class families with  money will opt to keep their children safe at home playing video games all day.

18yj5vgkncqt1jpgJ.C. Penney on Friday released a list of 138 department stores it plans to close as part of a previously announced plan to shrink its footprint as it grapples with industry challenges.

The company had estimated that it would close 130 to 140 locations. Most stores will begin liquidation sales April 17 and close in June.

The retailer said Friday that the closures would displace 5,000 workers. Some will receive transfer opportunities and some will not.

Penney will continue to operate nearly 900 stores.

“It became apparent to us that our footprint was too large,” Penney CEO Marvin Ellison told investors in February, and the closures will “allow us to raise the overall brand standard of J.C. Penney” and invest in remaining stores.

(The list shows the name of the mall or shopping area where the store is located, followed by the city.)


Auburn Mall: Auburn
Tannehill Promenade: Bessemer
Gadsden Mall: Gadsden
Jasper Mall: Jasper


Military Plaza: Benton
Chickasaw Plaza: Blytheville


Riverview Mall: Bullhead City


Downtown Bishop: Bishop
Sunwest Plaza: Lodi
The Village at Orange: Orange
Hilltop Mall: Richmond


Fort Morgan Main St.: Fort Morgan
Glenwood Springs Mall: Glenwood Springs
St. Vrain Centre: Longmont
Broadway Plaza: Sterling


Connecticut Post Mall: Milford


Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center: Jacksonville
Palatka Mall: Palatka


Dublin Mall: Dublin
Macon Mall: Macon
Milledgeville Mall: Milledgeville
Gateway Plaza: Thomasville
Tifton Mall: Tifton


Downtown Decorah: Decorah
Crossroads Mall: Fort Dodge
Penn Central Mall: Oskaloosa
Quincy Place: Ottumwa


Snake River Plaza: Burley


Eastland Mall: Bloomington
Fulton Square: Canton
Village Square Mall: Effingham
Freestanding: Macomb
Peru Mall: Peru
Northland Mall: Sterling
Centerpointe of Woodridge: Woodridge


FairOaks Mall: Columbus
Connersville Plaza: Connersville
Huntington Plaza: Huntington
Jasper Manor Center: Jasper
Logansport Mall: Logansport


Chanute Square: Chanute
Downtown Great Bend: Great Bend
Hutchinson Mall: Hutchinson
Freestanding: Lawrence
Winfield Plaza: Winfield


Cortana Mall: Baton Rouge
Park Terrace: DeRidder
North Shore Square: Slidell


Berkshire Mall: Lanesborough


Easton Marketplace: Easton


Rockland Plaza Rockland


Lakeview Square Mall: Battle Creek
Delta Plaza: Escanaba
Westshore Mall: Holland
Copper Country Mall: Houghton
Birchwood Mall: Kingsford
Midland Mall: Midland
Cascade Crossings: Sault Ste. Marie


Central Lakes Crossing: Baxter
Five Lakes Centre: Fairmont
Faribo West Mall: Faribault
Irongate Plaza: Hibbing
Hutchinson Mall: Hutchinson
Red Wing Mall: Red Wing
Downtown Thief River Falls: Thief River Falls
Freestanding: Winona


Maryville Center: Maryville


Leigh Mall: Columbus
Southgate Plaza: Corinth
Greenville Mall: Greenville
Bonita Lakes Mall: Meridian
Oxford Mall: Oxford


Capital Hill Mall: Helena
Sidney Main Street: Sidney

North Carolina

Albemarle Crossing: Albemarle
Boone Mall: Boone
Eastridge Mall: Gastonia
Blue Ridge Mall: Hendersonville
Monroe Crossing: Monroe
Becker Village Mall: Roanoke Rapids

North Dakota

Prairie Hills Mall: Dickinson
Buffalo Mall: Jamestown
Downtown Wahpeton: Wahpeton


Fremont Mall: Fremont
Downtown McCook: McCook
Platte River Mall: North Platte

New Jersey

Rio Grande Plaza: Rio Grande


The Boulevard: Las Vegas

New York

Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza: Dunkirk
Westfield Sunrise: Massapequa
Palisades Center: West Nyack


Findlay Village Mall: Findlay
New Towne Mall: New Philadelphia
Richmond Town Square: Richmond Heights
St. Mary’s Square: St. Marys


Altus Plaza: Altus
Ne-Mar Shopping Center: Claremore
Ponca Plaza: Ponca City
Pioneer Square Shopping Center: Stillwater


Astoria Downtown: Astoria
Grants Pass Shopping Center: Grants Pass
La Grande Downtown: La Grande
Downtown Pendleton: Pendleton
The Dalles Main Street: The Dalles


Columbia Mall: Bloomsburg
Clearfield Mall: Clearfield
King of Prussia Mall: King of Prussia
Philadelphia Mills: Philadelphia
Bradford Towne Centre: Towanda
Lycoming Mall: Pennsdale
Willow Grove Park: Willow Grove

South Carolina

Citadel Mall: Charleston
Town ‘N Country: Easley

South Dakota

Palace Mall: Mitchell
Northridge Plaza: Pierre
Watertown Mall: Watertown
Yankton Mall: Yankton


Greeneville Commons: Greeneville
Knoxville Center: Knoxville
County Market Place: Union City


Athens Village Shopping Center: Athens
Borger Shopping Plaza: Borger
Heartland Mall: Early
El Paso Downtown: El Paso
Marshall Mall: Marshall
McAllen Downtown: McAllen
University Mall: Nacogdoches
King Plaza Shopping Center: Seguin
Bosque River Center: Stephenville


New River Valley Mall: Christiansburg
Tanglewood Mall: Roanoke VA


Pilchuck Landing: Snohomish


Pine Tree Mall: Marinette
Marshfield Mall: Marshfield
Richland Square Shopping Center: Richland Center
Rapids Mall: Wisconsin Rapids

West Virginia

Foxcroft Towne Center: Martinsburg


Downtown Sheridan: Sheridan

Macy’s Store Closings

Already Completed 2016 Closings

  • Laurel Plaza, North Hollywood, CA (475,000 square feet; opened in 1995; 105 associates);
  • Ala Moana Jewel Gallery, Honolulu, HI (2,000 square feet; opened in 1986; 9 associates);
  • Valley Fair, West Valley City, UT (106,000 square feet; opened in 1970; 53 associates);

Already Announced Year-End 2016 Closings

Final clearance sales at the following Macy’s stores closing in early 2017 will begin on Monday, January 9, and run for approximately eight to 12 weeks (with the exception of Lancaster Mall*, where final clearance sales are already in progress):

  • Greenwood, Bowling Green, KY (124,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 63 associates);
  • Carolina Place, Pineville, NC (151,000 square feet; opened in 1993; 69 associates);
  • Douglaston, Douglaston, NY (158,000 square feet; opened in 1981; 144 associates);
  • Downtown Portland, Portland, OR (246,000 square feet; opened in 2007; 85 associates);
  • *Lancaster Mall, Salem, OR (67,000 square feet; opened in 1980; 53 associates);
  • Oakwood Mall, Eau Claire, WI (104,000 square feet; opened in 1991; 55 associates)

Other 2017 Closings

  • Simi Valley Town Center (men’s/home/kids), Simi Valley, CA (190,000 square feet; opened in 2006; 105 associates);
  • Mall at Tuttle Crossing (furniture/home/kids/men’s), Dublin, OH (227,000 square feet; opened in 2003; 52 associates)

Stores Sold (or to be Sold) and Leased Back

These stores have been or will be sold, and Macy’s will continue to operate them on leases from the owners:

  • Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco, CA (280,000 square feet; opened in 1952; 204 associates);
  • Union Square Men’s, San Francisco, CA (248,000 square feet; opened in 1974; 256 associates; as previously announced);
  • Tyson’s Galleria, McLean, VA (265,000 square feet; opened in 1988; 122 associates; as previously announced)

(The number of associates given by store reflects the number of positions eliminated. Many of these associates will be placed in other positions.)

Store Openings

Four new Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are currently planned and/or under construction, as previously announced.

New Macy’s stores will be opening in:

  • Westfield Century City, Los Angeles, CA (a 155,000 square-foot store to open in spring 2017; Macy’s previously operated a 136,000 square-foot store in this location which closed in January 2016);
  • Fashion Place, Murray, UT (160,000 square feet; to open in spring 2017; approximately 150 associates)

New Bloomingdale’s stores will be opening in:

  • Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Center, San Jose, CA (150,000 square feet; to open in spring 2019; approximately 250 associates);
  • The SoNo Collection, Norwalk, CT (150,000 square feet; to open in fall 2019; approximately 200 associates)

In addition, in the next two years, the company plans to open approximately 50 additional Macy’s Backstage off-price locations (all of which will be inside existing Macy’s stores) and about 50 Bluemercury beauty specialty stores (freestanding and shops inside existing Macy’s stores).

Internationally, under license agreements with Al Tayer Group, a new Bloomingdale’s store is planned to open in 360 Mall in Al Zahra, Kuwait in Spring 2017 and new Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores are planned to open in Al Maryah Central in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2018.

18yj5tjindj0xjpgSears Holding, parent company of department stores Kmart and Sears, will be closing 150 stores this spring. That includes 108 Kmart and 42 Sears locations in 40 states.

The company said liquidation sales will begin as early as January 6 at all of the closing stores. Most of the stores will close at the end or March except for a few that will close mid-February or mid-March.

Here is a list of the Kmart and Sears stores set to close:

Kmart 300 Highway 78 E, Jasper AL
Kmart 2003 US Hwy 280 Bypass, Phenix City AL
Sears* 301 Cox Creek Pkwy, Florence AL

Sears 1901 S Caraway Road Jonesboro AR

Kmart 3600 Wilson Road, Bakersfield CA
Kmart  25 West Polk Street, Coalinga CA
Kmart 333 Sierra Street,  Kingsburg CA
Kmart 3001 Iowa Avenue, Riverside CA

Kmart: 363 S Broadway, Denver CO
Kmart: 2809 North Ave, Grand Junction CO

Kmart 45 Shunpike Road, Cromwell CT (set to close mid-March)
Sears 90 Elm St; Enfield Sq, Enfield CT

Kmart 501 N Beneva Road, Sarasota FL
Kmart 1801 Northwest Hwy 19, Crystal River FL
Kmart 15271 Mcgregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL
Kmart 2111 S Federal Hwy, Fort Pierce FL
Kmart 1501 Normandy Village, Jacksonville FL
Kmart 2211 W Irlo Bronson Hwy, Kissimmee FL
Kmart 19400 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte FL
Kmart 4955 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples FL
Kmart 111 Town & Country Drive, Palatka FL
Sears* 301 Eagle Ridge Dr, Lake Wales FL

Kmart: 3200 Macon Road, Columbus GA
Kmart: 365 Habersham Village Circle, Cornelia GA
Kmart: 1601 Highway 40 East, Kingsland GA
Kmart 33 W Montgomery Cross Road Savannah GA
Sears* Albany Mall Albany GA
Sears 5555 Whittlesey Blvd Columbus GA

Kmart 4561 Salt Lake Blvd Halawa / Honolullu HI

Kmart 2851 Belt Line Parkway Alton IL
Kmart 3655 Nameoki Road Granite City IL

Kmart 750 Indian Boundary Road Chesterton IN
Kmart 1460 West State Road 2 La Porte IN
Sears 1235 S Reed Road Kokomo IN

Kmart: 2600 Dodge Street, Dubuque IA
Kmart: 5700 Gordon Drive, Sioux City IA
Kmart: 3810 University Avenue, Waterloo IA

Kmart 4820 S 4th St Trafficway Leavenworth KS
Kmart 4200 W Kellogg Dr Wichita KS
Sears 2259 S 9th St Salina KS

Kmart 191 Outer Loop Road Louisville KY
Kmart 2945 Scottsville Road Bowling Green KY
Kmart 14662 N US Highway 25 East Corbin KY
Kmart 1501 Paris Pike Georgetown KY
Kmart 3010 Fort Campbell Blvd Hopkinsville KY
Kmart 1710 West Highway 192 London KY
Kmart 2815 West Parrish Avenue Owensboro KY
Sears* 5101 Hinkleville Road Paducah KY

Kmart 115 South Airline Hwy Gonzales LA
Kmart 1400 S Clearview Parkway New Orleans LA
Sears* 9001 Cortana Mall Baton Rouge / Cortana LA
Sears* 197 Westbank Expressway Gretna LA

Kmart 688 Hogan Road Bangor ME
Sears* 10 Whitten Road Augusta ME

Kmart 222 N Point Blvd Baltimore MD

Kmart 9 Plaza Way Fairhaven MA
Kmart 1130 Newport Avenue South Attleboro MA
Sears* 262 Swansea Mall Drive Swansea MA

Kmart 29600 Ford Road Garden City MI
Kmart 3555 O’Neill Drive Jackson MI
Kmart 1396 South Main Street Adrian MI
Kmart 5400 S Cedar Street Lansing MI
Kmart 1501 E Apple Ave Muskegon MI
Kmart 40855 Ann Arbor Road Plymouth MI
Kmart 17580 Frazho Road Roseville MI
Kmart 3541 Highland Road Waterford MI
Kmart 165 Wayne Road Westland MI
Kmart 6455 US 31 N Acme Township MI
Sears* 3099 28th St SE Grand Rapids MI

Kmart 1305 Highway 10 West Detroit Lakes MN
Sears* 12737 Riverdale Blvd NW Coon Rapids MN
Sears* 1850 Adams St Mankato MN

Kmart 1477 State Highway 248 Branson MO
Kmart 2304 Missouri Blvd Jefferson City MO
Kmart 1003 S Bishop Ave Rolla MO
Kmart 3101 S Glenstone Ave Springfield MO
Kmart 6650 Manchester Ave St Louis MO
Sears* 3600 Country Club Dr Jefferson Cty MO
Sears 3702 Frederick Ave Saint Joseph MO

Kmart 10405 S Eastern Ave Henderson NV

New Jersey
Kmart 1468 Clementon Road Clementon NJ
Kmart 645 Highway 18 East Brunswick NJ
Kmart 800 Black Horse Pike Pleasantville NJ
Kmart Rte 9 & Rte 47 Rio Grande NJ

New Mexico
Sears 1000 S Main St Roswell NM

New York
Kmart 4645 Commercial Drive New Hartford NY
Sears* 1261 Niagara Falls Blvd Amherst NY
Sears* 2000 Walden Ave Cheektowaga NY
Sears* 1 N Galleria Dr Middletown NY
Sears 9605 Queens Blvd Rego Park NY

North Carolina
Kmart 545 US Hwy 29 North Concord NC
Kmart 1931 Skibo Road Fayetteville NC
Kmart 201 N Berkeley Blvd Goldsboro NC
Kmart 102 New Market Madison NC
Kmart 815 S College Road Wilmington NC

North Dakota
Sears* 3902 13th Ave South Fargo ND

Kmart 1500 Coshocton Ave Mount Vernon OH
Kmart 185 Upper River Road Gallipolis OH
Kmart 1005 East Columbus St Kenton OH
Kmart 225 West Avenue New Boston OH
Kmart 1284 Brice Road Reynoldsburg OH
Kmart I-70 & Mall Road St. Clairsville OH
Kmart 3515 N Maple Avenue Zanesville OH
Sears* 2000 Brittain Road Akron OH
Sears* 1075 N Bridge St Chillicothe OH
Sears* 1701 River Valley Circle S Lancaster OH
Sears* Richmond Mall Richmond Hts OH

Kmart 4 East Shawnee St Muskogee OK
Sears 428 SW C Ave Lawton OK
Sears 1901 S Yale Ave Tulsa OK

Kmart 5820 Shaffer Road Dubois PA
Kmart 1320 E Grandview Blvd Erie PA
Kmart 1890 Fruitville Pike Lancaster PA
Kmart 5600 Carlisle Pike US 11 Mechanicsburg PA (set to close mid-February)
Kmart 120 Mall Blvd Monroeville PA
Kmart 100 Cross Roads Plz Mt. Pleasant PA
Sears* 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Dr Selinsgrove PA
Sears* 1500 Mall Run Road Uniontown PA
Sears* 3595 Capital City Mall Camp Hill PA (set to close mid-February)
Sears 3245 E State St Hermitage/Sharon PA

Rhode Island
Sears* 1500 Diamond Hill Road Woonsocket RI

South Carolina
Kmart 3801 B Clemson Blvd Anderson SC
Kmart 254 Highway 72 By-Pass Greenwood SC
Kmart 8571 Rivers Avenue North Charleston SC
Sears* 2701 David H Mcleod Blvd Florence SC (set to close mid-February)

South Dakota
Kmart 3020 W 12th St Sioux Falls SD

Kmart 305 W Economy Road Morristown TN
Sears* 2101 Fort Henry Dr Kingsport TN

Kmart 1120 Mc Rae Blvd El Paso TX
Kmart 9484 Dyer St El Paso TX
Kmart 1101 Fort Hood Street Killeen TX
Kmart 3061 S John Redditt Dr Lufkin TX
Sears* 4101 E 42nd St Odessa TX

Kmart 1153 W Highway 40 Vernal UT
Kmart 2010 N Main St Layton UT

Kmart 1419 Hershberger Road N W Roanoke VA
Kmart 3655 Plank Road Fredericksburg VA
Kmart 6101 N Military Hwy Norfolk VA
Kmart 1355 West Main Street Salem VA
Sears* 500 Gate City Hwy Bristol VA

Kmart 5132 6th Ave Tacoma WA
Sears* 18600 Alderwood Mall Pkwy Lynnwood WA

West Virginia
Kmart 731 Beverly Pike Elkins WV
Kmart 1050 Division Street Parkersburg WV
Kmart 250 Three Springs Drive Weirton WV
Sears 225 Meadowbrook Road Bridgeport WV
Sears* Towne Center Mall Charleston WV

Kmart 1425 E Highway 151 Platteville WI
Kmart 2211 S Green Bay Road Racine WI

Kmart 1840 Dell Range Blvd Cheyenne WY

* Sears Auto Center will be closed at this location

18yj7k2stqyszjpgThe retail industry continues to struggle as online sellers are squeezing brick and mortar stores and competition ramps up. The tough environment has forced many retailers to close stores and several have filed for bankruptcy.

The latest casualty: Outdoor goods retailer Gander Mountain.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and has announced it will close 32 of its 162 stores. The stores set to close are in 11 different states.

Here is a list of the Gander Mountain stores set to close:

Alabama – Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa

540 E Meighan Blvd, Gadsden, AL 35903
7765 Airport Blvd Ste 609, Mobile, AL 36608
2424 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36117
3325 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

Georgia – Augusta, McDonough, Snellville

145 Mason McKnight Jr Pkwy, Augusta, GA 30907
1970 Jonesboro Rd, McDonough, GA 30253
1200 Scenic Hwy, Ste G, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 (Snellville store)

Illinois – Champaign, Algonquin, Springfield

2006 N Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL 61822
1400 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102
2371 Chuckwagon Dr, Springfield, IL 62711

Indiana – Merrillville, Greenfield

1630 Southlake Mall, Merrillville, IN 46410
2175 Barrett Dr, Greenfield, IN 46140

Minnesota – Rogers, Mankato, Woodbury

20870 Rogers Drive, Rogers, MN 55374
1940 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001
10470 Hudson Road, Woodbury, MN 55129

New York – New Hartford

8635 Clinton Street, New Hartford, NY 13413

North Carolina – Raleigh, South Charlotte

2100 Village Market Place, Morrisville, NC 27560 (Raleigh store)
13610 Hoover Creek Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 (South Charlotte store)

Tennessee – Chattanooga

5756 Highway 153 Suite F, Hixson, TN 37343 (Chattanooga store)

Texas – Houston, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sugar Land, Texarkana, Waco, West Houston

19820 Hempstead Hwy, Houston, TX 77065
701 E Central Texas Expy, Killeen, TX 76541
2302 NE Bob Bullock Loop, Ste 101, Laredo, TX 78045
4006 W. Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79407
3203 S Interstate 35 Ste 500, Round Rock, TX 78664
8203 State Highway 151, Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78245
19890 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77479
2301 University Avenue, Texarkana, TX 75503
2701 S Jack Kultgen Expy, Waco, TX 76706
13441 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77082 (West Houston store)

West Virginia – Charleston

2600 Mountaineer Blvd, Charleston, WV 25309

Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Germantown

6440 Scully Dr, Eau Claire, WI 54701
W190 N10768 Commerce Cir, Germantown, WI 53022


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