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Retailers with the most store openings and closings in 2017

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Kristi Blokhin

Retailers with the most store openings and closings in 2017

2017 brought repeated prophecies of the traditional retail apocalypse, with doomsayers pointing to the rise of ecommerce, shifting consumer spending habits, and the hangover from decades-long retail space overdevelopment.

Amazon and Walmart’s ecommerce efforts have emerged as modern-day villains, marked by their unparalleled scale and logistics networks that allow them to swiftly enter new markets like groceries or consumer electronics. However, with the online shopping segment only representing 8.5% of the total retail market, it’s not just ecommerce giants contributing to the decline of former powerhouses like Kmart, Sears, and RadioShack.

Some point to the long-awaited reckoning from a bloated retail buildup, as 1970-2015 saw the number of malls grow twice as fast as the country’s population and U.S. retail footprints soared in comparison to countries like Canada, the UK, and France. Others point to a younger generation with shifting consumer spending habits that value “experiences over things,” driving increased spend in the restaurant, entertainment, and travel space.

As we look back on 2017, certain retailers stand out for how they’ve adapted or struggled to keep up with changing consumer shopping trends. Using data from the National Retail Federation, we’ve ranked retail chains with 50 or more locations that had the most stores openings or expected closures as of August 2017. Lean chains like Dollar General have shown resiliency in a fluctuating retail market while classic strip mall staples such as Payless have faltered. Read on to discover which stores fared the best and worst this year.

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M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

#16 for openings: SportsClips

95 store openings planned for 2017

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Ildar Sagdejev // Wikicommons

#15 for openings: Five Below

100 store openings planned for 2017

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Aljona83 // Wikicommons

#14 for openings: Lidl

100 store openings planned for 2017

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Michael Rivera // Wikicommons

#13 for openings: Ulta

100 store openings planned for 2017

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Fortune.com

#12 for openings: Casey's

100 store openings planned for 2017

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Chain Store Age

#11 for openings: Sally Beauty

106 store openings planned for 2017

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Kristoffer Tripplaar // Alamy

#10 for openings: Tractor Supply

110 store openings planned for 2017

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Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

#9 for openings: TJX

111 store openings planned for 2017

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Mike Mozart // Flickr

#8 for openings: GNC

120 store openings planned for 2017

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Ildar Sagdejev // Wikicommons

#7 for openings: Autozone

155 store openings planned for 2017

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M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

#6 for openings: O'Reilly Auto

195 store openings planned for 2017

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Philafrenzy // Wikicommons

#5 for openings: Aldi

200 store openings planned for 2017

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Patrick Le Barbenchon // Wikicommons

#4 for openings: Couche-Tard

318 store openings planned for 2017

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Kjetil Ree // Wikicommons

#3 for openings: 7-Eleven

412 store openings planned for 2017

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Michael Barera // Wikicommons

#2 for openings: Dollar Tree

650 store openings planned for 2017

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Mike Mozart // Flickr

#1 for openings: Dollar General

1,290 store openings planned for 2017

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Sam Howzit // Flickr

#16 for closings: JC Penny

138 store closings planned for 2017

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Mr Stan Zemanek // Wikicommons

#15 for closings: Kmart

156 store closings planned for 2017

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whologwhy // Flickr

#14 for closings: Croc's

160 store closings planned for 2017

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Phillip Pessar // Wikicommons

#13 for closings: Wet Seal

171 store closings planned for 2017

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Michael Rivera // Wikicommons

#12 for closings: Children's Place

172 store closings planned for 2017

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Phillip Pessar // Flickr

#11 for closings: bebe

180 store closings planned for 2017

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Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

#10 for closings: Gamestop

190 store closings planned for 2017

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Miosotis Jade // Wikicommons

#9 for closings: Sears

202 store closings planned for 2017

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Jonesdr77 // Wikicommons

#8 for closings: hhgregg

220 store closings planned for 2017

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Familychristiandirect // Wikicommons

#7 for closings: Family Christian

240 store closings planned for 2017

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Phillip Pessar // Flickr

#6 for closings: The Limited

250 store closings planned for 2017

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GTD Aquitaine // Wikicommons

#5 for closings: Gymboree

350 store closings planned for 2017

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Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

#4 for closings: Ascena

400 store closings planned for 2017

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Phillip Pessar // WIkicommons

#3 for closings: rue21

400 store closings planned for 2017

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BentleyMall // Wikicommons

#2 for closings: Payless Shoesource

700 store closings planned for 2017

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Eduardo P // Wikicommons

#1 for closings: RadioShack

1,000 store closings planned for 2017

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