Weekly Store Openings and Closures Tracker #9: RadioShack and Payless Lead Closings Spree

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KEY POINTS

Fung Global Retail & Technology tracks store openings and closures for a select group of US retailers.

  • This week, RadioShack closed another 1,000 stores, with a large Memorial Day sale of everything in the store, including the store fixtures.  
  • Payless will go through a second round of store closures: 112 initially, with the possibility of 296 more stores shuttered if negotiations with landlords fail.
  • Michael Kors and lululemon athletica also announced store closures: the affordable luxury brand will close between 100 and 125 stores, while lululemon is refocusing its ivivva brand online in a move that will see 40 ivivva doors close.
  • Year-to-date 2017, the number of store closure announcements has increased 182% year over year, bringing the number of stores to be closed to 4,723, with more to surely follow.
  • Dollar General revised its forecast to open 1,290 stores in FY17, instead of the previously expected 1,000, and Five Below opened 31 stores this past quarter, and is on track to reach 100 openings for FY17.

2017 Store Openings and Closures

What is happening this week?

This week’s store closure announcements added 1,252 stores to our closings list, with the number likely to increase to 1,573 if Michael Kors and Payless go ahead and close 125 (instead of only 100) and 408 (instead of only 112) stores, respectively. We expect the trend of store closures to continue in full force over the next six months, as the retail revolution in US retail shows no signs of abating. Against this backdrop, discount keeps proving it is a winning proposition, with both Five Below and Dollar General continuing to expand their retail locations.

 

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This week, RadioShack closed another 1,000 stores, with a large Memorial Day sale of all inventory, including the store fixtures. Undergoing restructuring through Chapter 11, the retailer will continue to operate 70 stores, while RadioShack franchisees will continue to run 425 stores.

 

Payless on its Way to Close 800 Stores

After announcing that it will close about 400 stores as part of a restructuring plan in April, the bankrupt retailer is seeking court permission to close an additional 112 stores in the US and Puerto Rico. Payless is negotiating the terms of an additional 296 stores, and if these negotiations are unsuccessful, the stores will be closed as well.

 

Michael Kors Announces it Will Close 100–125 stores

Michael Kors reported earnings this past week, with comps declining by 14.1%, 13.6% on a constant currency basis. As a result of the challenges it faces, the company announced plans to improve the profitability of its store fleet by closing 100–125 full-price retail stores over the next two years, which should realize ongoing annual cost savings of $60 million.

 

Lululemon Athletica Takes ivivva Online, Closing 40 Retail Locations

Lululemon athletica announced plans “to operate ivivva, its activewear brand for girls, as a primarily e-commerce focused business, with a select number of stores in key communities across North America.” The company will close approximately 40 of its 55 ivivva stores as a result, and convert approximately half of the remaining stores to lululemon-branded stores.

 

Dollar General and Five Below Expand Retail Footprint

Dollar General and Five Below announced earnings this past week, both beating sales and EPS expectations. Dollar General revised its forecast to open 1,290 stores in FY17, instead of the previously expected 1,000. Five Below opened 31 stores this past quarter, and is on track to reach 100 openings for FY17.

 

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