More store closings have been announced in 2017 than any other year on record. Since Jan. 1, retailers have announced plans to shutter more than 6,700 stores in the U.S., according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, a retail think tank. Here's a look at some companies who have announced store closings this year.
According to an Associated Press report, Gap announced it will close 200 Banana Republic and Gap stores in the next three years. The company also announced it will open about 270 Old Navy and Athleta stores.
August 24: Sears announced the closure of 28 more KMart stores. Sears Holdings previously announced the closure of 180 Sears and KMart locations.
July 27: Starbucks announced it will be closing all 379 Teavana locations.
Children's clothing retailer Gymboree filed for bankruptcy in June. In July, the company announced it will be closing 350 stores. The company also owns the Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands. The company operated 1,280 stores with 11,000 employees.
Sears announced 20 more closings in June, bringing the company's total so far this year to 236, or roughly 17% of the stores it had in January. In addition, it shut down pharmacy operations at 92 Kmart stores as well as Sears Auto operations at 50 stores, although it kept the stores at those locations open. Sears closed 240 stores last year and 53 in 2015.
Ascena Retail Group -- which owns the Ann Taylor, Dress Barn, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice, Maurices and Catherines stores -- plans to shutter between 250 and 650 locations over the next two years. Chief executive David Jaffe made the announcement during a conference call with investors on June 8, and he didn't specify how many store closures will affect each brand.
Clothing and accessories company Michael Kors announced in May it will be closing 100 to 125 stores over the next two years.
Fashion retailer Bebe announced in late April that it's shuttering all its stores.
Rue21, a teen fashion retailer, announced it will be closing 400 stores, acorrding to a report from The Associated Press.
CNBC reports Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close nearly 400 stores.
According to an Omaha World-Herald report, discount department store Gordmans will close 48 stores.
Video game retailer, GameStop, announced the closure of 150 stores USA Today reports.
Sporting goods retailer Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy on March 10. The company announced the closure of 32 underperforming stores, KMSP TV reported.
Office supply store Staples announced on March 9 the closure of 70 more stores.
RadioShack filed for its second bankruptcy in two years and announced it will close 200 of its 1,500 remaining stores. The company also announced it's "evaluating options" for the remaining stores.
Appliance and electronics store, HHGregg, announced a closure of 88 stores in 15 states and three distribution centers.
Women's clothing chain Vanity filed for bankruptcy on March 1 and announced its closing 140 stores, the Fargo Forum reports.
JCPenney plans to shutter as many as 140 stores in the first half of the year, the latest traditional retailer to announce closings.
American Apparel, known for manufacturing most of its clothing in the U.S., said it would close its 110 stores by April.
Mall-centric chain Wet Seal announced it was shuttering its 170 stores nationwide by March.
Malls got a lot emptier in January after The Limited announced it was closing all its storefronts.
Macy's said in January it's shutting down 68 stores and cutting more than 10,000 jobs.