Major Store Closings

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Date: 6/24/08 3:06 PM

Subject: Store Closings: Symptoms of A Depressed Economy

Who says there is no depression? Recession has come and gone.

Store Closings: Symptoms of A Depressed Economy
by Donald H.
June 07, 2008 07:04 AM EDT
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1. Ann Taylor closing 117 stores nationwide A company spokeswoman said the
company hasn't revealed which stores will be shuttered. It will let the
stores that will close this fiscal year know over the next month.

2. Eddie Bauer to close more stores - Eddie Bauer has already closed 27
shops in the first quarter and plans to close up to two more outlet stores
by the end of the year.

3. Cache closing stores - Women's retailer Cache announced that it is
closing 20 to 23 stores this year.

4. Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Catherines closing 150 stores nationwide The
owner of retailers Lane Bryant , Fashion Bug , Catherines Plus Sizes will
close about 150 underperforming stores this year. The company hasn't
provided a list of specific store closures and can't say when it will
offer that info, spokeswoman Brooke Perry said today.

5. Talbots, J. Jill closing stores - About a month ago, Talbots announced
that it will be shuttering all 78 of its kids and men's stores. Now the
company says it will close another 22 underperforming stores.

The 22 stores will be a mix of Talbots women's and J. Jill, another chain
it owns. The closures will occur this fiscal year, according to a company
press release.

6. Gap Inc. closing 85 stores - In addition to its namesake chain, Gap
also owns Old Navy and Banana Republic. The company said the closures -
all planned for fiscal 2008 - will be weighted toward the Gap brand.

7. Foot Locker to close 140 stores - In the company press release and
during its conference call with analysts today, it did not specify where
the future store closures - all planned in fiscal 2008 - will be. The
company could not be immediately reached for comment

8. Wickes is going out o f business - Wickes Furniture is going out of
business and closing all of its stores, Wickes, a 37-year-old retailer
that targets middle-income customers, filed for bankruptcy protection last

9. Goodbye Levitz - The furniture retailer, which is going out of
business. Levitz first announced it was going out of business and closing
all 76 of its stores in December. The retailer dates back to 1910 when
Richard Levitz opened his first furniture store in Lebanon , PA. In the
1960s, the warehouse/showroom concept brought Levitz to the forefront of
the furniture industry.

The local Levitz closures will follow the shutdown of Bombay.

10. Zales, Piercing Pagoda closing stores - The owner of Zales and
Piercing Pagoda previously said it plans to close 82 stores by July 31.
Today, it announc ed that it is closing another 23 underperforming stores.
The company said it's not providing a list of specific store closures. Of
the 105 locations planned for closure, 50 are kiosks and 55 are stores.

11. Disney Store owner has the right to close 98 stores The Walt Disney
Company announced it acquired about 220 Disney Stores from subsidiaries of
The Children's Place Retail Stores. The exact number of stores acquired
will depend on negotiations with landlords.

Those subsidiaries of Children's Place filed for bankruptcy protection in
late March. Walt Disney in the news release said it has also obtained the
right to close about 98 Disney Stores in the U.S. The press release didn't
list those stores.

12. Home Depot store closings - ATLANTA - Nearly 7+ months after its chief
executive said there were no plans to cut the number of its core retail
stores, The Home Depot I nc.ann ounced Thursday that it is shuttering 15
of them amid a slumping U.S. economy and housing market. The move will
affect 1,300 employees.

It is the first time the world's largest home improvement store chain has
ever closed a flagship store for performance reasons. Its shares rose
almost 5 percent. The Atlanta-based company said the underperforming
U.S.stores being closed represent less than 1 percent of its existing
stores. They will be shuttered within the next two months.

13. CompUSA clarifies details on store closings Any extended warranties
purchased for products through CompUSA will be honored by a third-party
provider, Assurant Solutions. Gift cards, rain checks, and rebates
purchased prior to December 12 can be redeemed at any time during the
final sale. For those w h o h ave a gadget currently in for service with
CompUSA, the repair will be completed and the gadget will be returned to
owners. < >

14. Macy's - 9 stores -

15. Movie Gallery - 160 stores as part of reorganization plan to exit
bankruptcyThe video rental company plans to close 400 of 3,500 Movie
Gallery and Hollywood Video stores in addition to the 520 locations the
video rental chain closed last fall.

16. Pep Boys - 33 stores

17. Sprint Nextel - 125 retail locations New Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse
appears to have inherited a company bleeding subscribers by the thousands,
and will now officially be dropping the ax on 4,000 employees and 125
retail locations. Amid the loss of 639,000 postpaid customers in the
fourth quarter, Sprint will be cutting a total of 6.7% of its work force
(following the 5,000 layoffs last year) and 8% of company-owned
brick-and-mortar stores, while remaining mute on other rumors that it will
consolidate its headquarters in Kansas. Sprint Nextel shares are down
$2.89, or nearly 25%, at the time of this writing.

18. J. C. Penney, Lowe's and Office Depot are scaling back

19. Ethan Allen Interiors: The company announced plans to close 12 of
300+ stores in an effort to cut costs.

20. Wilsons the Leather Experts - 158 stores

21. Pacific Sunwear will close its 154 Demo stores after a review of
strategic alternatives for the urban-apparel brand. Seventy-four
underperforming Demo stores closed last May.

22. Sharper Image: The company recently filed for bankruptcy protection
and announced that 90 of its 184 stores are closing. The retailer will
still operate 94 stores to pay off debts, but 90 of these stores have
performed poorly and also may close.

23. Bombay Company: The company unveiled plans to close all 384 U.S.-based
Bombay Company stores. The company's online storefront has discontinued

24. KB Toys posted a list of 356 stores that it is closing around the
United States as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. To see the list of
store closings, go to the KB Toys Information web site, and click on Press

25. Dillard's to Close More Stores - Dillard's Inc. said it will continue to
focus on closing underperforming stores, reducing expenses and improving
its merchandise in 2008. At the company's annual shareholder meeting, CEO
William Dillard II said the company will close another six underperforming
stores this year.


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