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Retailers with the most store openings and closings in 2017

  • Retailers with the most store openings and closings in 2017
    1/ 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.

  • #16 for openings: SportsClips
    2/ M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

    #16 for openings: SportsClips

    95 store openings planned for 2017

  • #15 for openings: Five Below
    3/ Ildar Sagdejev // Wikicommons

    #15 for openings: Five Below

    100 store openings planned for 2017

  • #14 for openings: Lidl
    4/ Aljona83 // Wikicommons

    #14 for openings: Lidl

    100 store openings planned for 2017

  • #13 for openings: Ulta
    5/ Michael Rivera // Wikicommons

    #13 for openings: Ulta

    100 store openings planned for 2017

  • #12 for openings: Casey's
    6/ Fortune.com

    #12 for openings: Casey's

    100 store openings planned for 2017

  • #11 for openings: Sally Beauty
    7/ Chain Store Age

    #11 for openings: Sally Beauty

    106 store openings planned for 2017

  • #10 for openings: Tractor Supply
    8/ Kristoffer Tripplaar // Alamy

    #10 for openings: Tractor Supply

    110 store openings planned for 2017

  • #9 for openings: TJX
    9/ Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

    #9 for openings: TJX

    111 store openings planned for 2017

  • #8 for openings: GNC
    10/ Mike Mozart // Flickr

    #8 for openings: GNC

    120 store openings planned for 2017

  • #7 for openings: Autozone
    11/ Ildar Sagdejev // Wikicommons

    #7 for openings: Autozone

    155 store openings planned for 2017

  • #6 for openings: O'Reilly Auto
    12/ M.O. Stevens // Wikicommons

    #6 for openings: O'Reilly Auto

    195 store openings planned for 2017

  • #5 for openings: Aldi
    13/ Philafrenzy // Wikicommons

    #5 for openings: Aldi

    200 store openings planned for 2017

  • #4 for openings: Couche-Tard
    14/ Patrick Le Barbenchon // Wikicommons

    #4 for openings: Couche-Tard

    318 store openings planned for 2017

  • #3 for openings: 7-Eleven
    15/ Kjetil Ree // Wikicommons

    #3 for openings: 7-Eleven

    412 store openings planned for 2017

  • #2 for openings: Dollar Tree
    16/ Michael Barera // Wikicommons

    #2 for openings: Dollar Tree

    650 store openings planned for 2017

  • #1 for openings: Dollar General
    17/ Mike Mozart // Flickr

    #1 for openings: Dollar General

    1,290 store openings planned for 2017

  • #16 for closings: JC Penny
    18/ Sam Howzit // Flickr

    #16 for closings: JC Penny

    138 store closings planned for 2017

  • #15 for closings: Kmart
    19/ Mr Stan Zemanek // Wikicommons

    #15 for closings: Kmart

    156 store closings planned for 2017

  • #14 for closings: Croc's
    20/ whologwhy // Flickr

    #14 for closings: Croc's

    160 store closings planned for 2017

  • #13 for closings: Wet Seal
    21/ Phillip Pessar // Wikicommons

    #13 for closings: Wet Seal

    171 store closings planned for 2017

  • #12 for closings: Children's Place
    22/ Michael Rivera // Wikicommons

    #12 for closings: Children's Place

    172 store closings planned for 2017

  • #11 for closings: bebe
    23/ Phillip Pessar // Flickr

    #11 for closings: bebe

    180 store closings planned for 2017

  • #10 for closings: Gamestop
    24/ Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

    #10 for closings: Gamestop

    190 store closings planned for 2017

  • #9 for closings: Sears
    25/ Miosotis Jade // Wikicommons

    #9 for closings: Sears

    202 store closings planned for 2017

  • #8 for closings: hhgregg
    26/ Jonesdr77 // Wikicommons

    #8 for closings: hhgregg

    220 store closings planned for 2017

  • #7 for closings: Family Christian
    27/ Familychristiandirect // Wikicommons

    #7 for closings: Family Christian

    240 store closings planned for 2017

  • #6 for closings: The Limited
    28/ Phillip Pessar // Flickr

    #6 for closings: The Limited

    250 store closings planned for 2017

  • #5 for closings: Gymboree
    29/ GTD Aquitaine // Wikicommons

    #5 for closings: Gymboree

    350 store closings planned for 2017

  • #4 for closings: Ascena
    30/ Dwight Burdette // Wikicommons

    #4 for closings: Ascena

    400 store closings planned for 2017

  • #3 for closings: rue21
    31/ Phillip Pessar // WIkicommons

    #3 for closings: rue21

    400 store closings planned for 2017

  • #2 for closings: Payless Shoesource
    32/ BentleyMall // Wikicommons

    #2 for closings: Payless Shoesource

    700 store closings planned for 2017

  • #1 for closings: RadioShack
    33/ Eduardo P // Wikicommons

    #1 for closings: RadioShack

    1,000 store closings planned for 2017

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