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Stores Going Out Of Business

Updated on May 2, 2013

Many stores are 'Going Out Of Business'

Office Depot, T-Mobile, Blockbuster, Macys, Zales. We've all heard the rumours in 2010. In 2008 we heard about The Sharper Image and Linens N Things. Next came word that Circuit City would be closing its doors. Smaller retailers also announced closures. KBToys added its name to the list in a shocking move for a toy store: it announced upcoming store closures before the Christmas shopping season of 2008. Rumors spread about Home Depot being the next one to go under. Where was the axe going to fall next?

And after that axe falls, which companies will re-emerge? The Sharper Image is back as a brand name. Circuit City is back in business. Linens 'N Things was back quicker than they went.

Blockbuster, after a long time struggling with competitor in a new format of movie rentals such as Netflix and Redbox, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on September 23, 2010.

Blockbuster, based in Dallas, earlier this year said it would close hundreds of stores and said it was struggling with liquidity problems. It had warned investors it might file for bankruptcy protection and was delisted in early July by the New York Stock Exchange.

Movie Gallery Inc., the parent company of Hollywood Video, filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2010 and liquidated several months later in August. Although Blockbuster has made key changes such as eliminating late fees and providing online and kiosk rental services, however these changes weren't enough to turn the company around. Video rentals are not the only victims to new technology: traditional book sellers as well as record & cd stores have fallen prey to mega-companies iTunes and

Blockbuster said Thursday it plans to keep its 3,000 U.S. stores open while it evaluates them. Digital and mail businesses will all continue to operate normally. Operations outside the U.S. and domestic and international franchisees are not part of the Chapter 11 reorganization. Blockbuster's U.S. DVD vending kiosks, owned and operated by NCR Corp., are also not part of the reorganization and will continue to operate normally.

In short, Blockbuster is continuing to operate. They're not gone yet.

How's this for enterprising? The name of this store was 'Going Out Of Business', until the Texas Attorney General decided that the name was deceptive. Read all about it at the Walletpop blog. Other potentially deceptive marketing ploys:

  • The Japanese town named 'Usa' selling products labeled "Made in Usa".
  • Tshirts manufactured by a company called "Made in the USA".

Store Closures

Who's Going Out Of Business?

Yahoo! Finance
Yahoo! Finance

10 Brands That May Disappear In 2011

Information provided by 24 / 7 Wall Street

On July 8, 2010, Yahoo Finance listed 10 Brands That May Disappear in 2011. The 10 troubling companies and the tell-tale signs of problems ahead are listed below.

- After declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August, 2009, Readers Digest cut its readership guarantee from 8 million readers to 5.5 million and cut the number of printed editions yearly from 12 to 10.

- Blockbuster - While Blockbuster itself may survive in a different, on demand or mail-in / kiosk format, its brick-and-mortar stores are dead in the water. It is now contemplating Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize its debt.

- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group - With over $1.5 billion USD in 'debt and other obligations', Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group is for sale. Potential buyers include both Avis and Hertz.

- T-Mobile - Offering no 4G network and coming in last place amongst America's four top wireless networks. T-Mobile "has no future in the US." Talks of a merger with Sprint / Nextel have been mentioned.

- Moody's Corp. - Moody's has tarnished its name beyond repair with mortgage-backed securities and rumors of a compromised rating system to get business. It has 4 civil actions pending, charges brought against it by the US government, and possible actions pending from overseas authorities. It is also certain to be regulated, a move which will surely hurt its sales.

- BP - BP will most likely separate its businesses and operations in a restructuring move geared to salvaging the brand.

- Radio Shack - RadioShack may be taken over by BestBuy, who would ditch the less-favorable RadioShack brand name.

- Zale Corp. - Zales recently made Forbes list of 'firms with extreme financial risk.' It is being squeezed out of the market by superstores like Wal-Mart.

- Merrill Lynch - Merrill Lynch has been acquired by Bank of America, but that almost certainly means it won't be long before Merrill Lynch becomes Bank of America Investment Management.

- Kia Motors Corp. - Kia is owned by the same parent company of the much more successful Hyundai brand. The usual happening for companies where one line is more successful than the other is to dump the less-productive line and focus on the successful sibling. This will be the case for Kia, being no match against Hyundai.

Yahoo! Finance
Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo Finance's Businesses on the Brink

with info provided by Investopedia

On April 1, 2010, Yahoo finance listed 5 companies struggling to stay in business and this was no April Fools Day Prank. Yahoo's picks and the reasons for trouble are listed below

- This former movie rental king has a debt of $963 million and shares trading at under $0.30 each. Major competition includes Netflix and Redbox kiosks.

- Rite Aid has $6 billion debt and $150 million cash. Operating at a loss, its competitors are Walgreens, CVS and Wal-Mart.

- Borders - is developing a Kobo e-reader to compete with the likes of Barnes & Noble's, Apple's and Amazon's technologies. Borders shares are going for under $2 a share currently and they have a few big loans of $42.5 million and $360 million, both due within the space of a few months.

- Palm reported a net loss of $102 million last quarter. Palm shares have dropped 77% over the past 6 months in the midst of competition from other smart phone makers Google, Apple and Research in Motion.

- YRC Worldwide has shares trading below $0.50 a piece and narrowly avoided a bankruptcy last December with a $470 million debt-for-equity swap. This trucking company hasn't posted a profit since 2006.

Check Your Gift Cards

When a store declares bankruptcy, there's a good chance it will stop honoring gift cards. Check your wallet and redeem any gift cards you're holding when you even start to get news of an upcoming business closure!

Top 10 Stores Predicted to go bust - September 2009

Taken from the front page of

Logging on to I was intrigued to see their article on Ten Big Companies That Are Veering Towards Bankruptcy. Who are the predictions?


- Interpublic Group

Their information was taken from The Business Insider (September 18, 2009) and is based upon market cap to enterprise value ratios.

Recently Announced Closures

Air America Radio - announced 1/21/10

Japan Airlines - announced 2/20/10

Movado - announced 5/28/10

Movie Gallery / Hollywood Video / Game Crazy - announced 4/30/10

Bernard Callebaut Chocolates - announced 8/3/10

Companies In Trouble

- Blockbuster

- Barnes And Noble

- RadioShack

- Nextel/Sprint

- Goodyear

- Hertz


- Las Vegas Sands

Relaunched Companies

They went bust, liquidated, and now they're back..

- Circuit City

- CompUSA

- Linens 'N Things

- The Sharper Image

Going Out Of Business Ads From Years Past - Linens 'N Things, Mervyns, Gottschalks, Circuit City

What Brings You Here? - Lots of people could be interested in why a company fails.

Maybe you're looking for liquidation sales, on the trail for hot bargains. Or - you heard a rumor about a favorite store of yours, a business competitor, a place that ripped you off previously and you'd love to see hit the wall: your motive is curiosity. You might be an investor, either a lender or a shareholder and are looking for keys to a company's (or the consumer or supplier of another company's inventory) financial well-being. I'd be interested to see what brought you to this page.

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Specific Stores

Coverage on individual stores rumored to be going out of business.

Barnes and Noble Going Out Of Business?

No - its just a corporate ownership change for the bookstore giant.

In their August 4, 2010 article, Barnes and Noble May Put Itself Up For Sale, MSNBC reports that the ownership or at least corporate governance of the world's largest bookseller is going to be shaken up soon. Billionaire Ron Burkle (owning 18% of the company's stock) has been battling with Leonard Riggio (the company's founder and largest shareholder with approximately 30% ownership of shares) over which direction the company will take.

Burkle has aligned himself with Alethia Research and Management Investment Group (which holds a 16% interest in Barnes and Noble shares). Burkle is not interested in a takeover, but is expected to propose 3 new board members at the next directors' meeting (to be held before September 30). Riggio is considering joining an invester group to buy the flailing bookseller.

Major competition for Barnes and Noble includes Borders and

Barnes and Noble share prices have been falling steeply since late June when the company released statements showing fourth quarter losses and low income expectations. Much of this trouble can be attributed to research costs tied to the digital market. Should Barnes & Noble fans or owners of the Nook digital reader be worried? NO.

Reader Feedback

Your thoughts and predictions.

Books on Amazon Related To Business Closures - From a variety of points of view

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      4 years ago

      Great one.

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      4 years ago

      Awesome one.

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      5 years ago

      Very informative lens, Many thanks

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      5 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      Love the lens. It is everything I have been thinking and you have said it. It does not look good for America or the world. Until people can help each other instead of themselves, the world will be in chaos.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I see companies closing their doors every day in the neighborhood, especially small businesses. But again I can see new companies trying to start from scratch all the time. There are hard times, but we still have some optimism! Well written lens, thumbs up!

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      6 years ago

      It is pitiful all the businesses closing.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens, sad to see so many real business failures these days, especially "logos" that are part of American culture. Very thorough review, well done. Thank you for sharing your insights.

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      6 years ago

      and what about all those furniture stores with their "going out of business" sales?? I mean, how often can you use that strategy?

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      6 years ago

      didn't know a lot of these companies were going out of business, glad I read about it on your lens, 'thumbs up' from this reader.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, thank you! You know Borders just went bye bye, right? As long as Squidoo is strong I'll be a happy woman.

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      7 years ago

      nice lens.....

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      7 years ago

      Great lens with really good information - Brilliant

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      Really awesome lens... I appreciate your work.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Wow amazing work here. A lot of these really surprised me like Borders. I'm currently using Blockbusters mail-in version of Netflix. I really like it. I don't have the same payment problems that I did with Netflix. I always felt like Netflix was trying to get more money out of me somehow.

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      7 years ago

      Excellent lens! - well done

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      Excellent lens! - well done

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      7 years ago

      I can't believe my T-Mobile is about to be swallowed up i liked the service but now i'm worried it will be more like att without the good service uggg.

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      liked you lens by the way. it was an interesting one.

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      Laura Schofield 

      7 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      @Nightowl John: Thanks for the blessing! This lens keeps me hopping, there is always new information to report on and new rumors.

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      7 years ago

      I was searching for something else, and landed on your page. Very interesting stuff! I learned quite a bit about businesses I didn't even know were in trouble.

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      Nightowl John 

      7 years ago

      Very well done. Squid Angel blessings delivered.

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      7 years ago

      This is very interesting stuff... I guess we are all so busy focusing on growing and doing our business, we sometimes forget the ending, and what can cause the ending of our business.... Although if you are a student of the law of attraction, then if you do go out of business, some part of you was focusing on that, or it is part of a greater plan to truly give you something amazing.

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      7 years ago

      very interesting, I didn't know about a few of them ( in particular office depot) but now I do.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Rite-Aide is still in our area. I would miss Radio Shack, since I prefer a smaller, quieter environment than the big box stores.

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      8 years ago

      Fascinating! Here's hoping 2010-11 will be better than expected. Thanks for visiting and nominating my sunshine award entry!! You've made my day!

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      8 years ago

      Hi Laura! I was away for the winter when our local Rite Aid closed its doors - and until I read this lens, I truly didn't think it was in that much trouble. It was the only drug store in the town closest to me. Interestingly, 35 miles south of where I live, there are at least 3 large drug stores all within a mile or so of one another! It's almost surreal... This is a very informative lens! Thanks so much for providing it!

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      8 years ago

      You obviously put a huge time making this lens. Some of the companies predicted will I think may give changes/impact on our daily lives.

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      8 years ago

      Many stores are going out of business, its because of the wrong choice of the business they managed. By reading this blog it has so many ways on how to a successful individual in business.


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