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10 Retailers to Watch for Possible Bankruptcy Filings in 2017   

 Wednesday, January 11, 2017 

10 Retailers to Watch for Possible Bankruptcy Filings in 20172016 ended on a high note with higher than expected holiday sales and overall a better real estate market. However, there were a number of retailers that sought bankruptcy protection. Some of the retailers, like Fairway and EMS, emerged as new entities in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings while their operationscontinued. Yet others, like Sports Authority and   Article By Stark & Stark PacSun, closed their doors, leaving open spaces for  Thomas S. OnderNew Jersey Law Blog landlords.

As we enter the New Year, following is a list of 10 Bankruptcy & Restructuring potential impending tenant bankruptcies to keep an eye     All Federal out for:

1.          Sears Holdings – Recently, a number of Sears and

Kmart stores began closing stores across the country. Further, Sears sold its valued Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

2.          Claire’s Stores, Inc. – Clark’s places this chain on the watch list due to high outstanding debt.

3.          The Limited – This company is closing all its stores this month, while continuing to operate online after the closures complete.

4.          CVS – The company plans to eliminate roughly 300 jobs and close 200 stores, equal to about 5 percent of its outlets, according to The Wall Street Journal.

5.          Rue21, Inc. – This retailer is facing tough competition in the youth retail market and hold high debt according to Clark’s.

6.          Chico’s – The company announced it will close 120 stores in the next three years.

7.          American Eagle Outfitters – The company is slated to close 150 of its more than 1,000 stores by the end of 2017. Like a number of other “youth retailers,” American Eagle has struggled recently according to the International Business Times.

8.          Office Depot – In May 2016, antitrust concerns derailed a merger with the office supply retailer and Staples, a competitor. Since then, the company announced it would close about 300 more stores in the next three years, according to Fortune.

9.          The Children’s Place – Another 200 stores are slated to close in 2017, according to chainstorage.com.

10.        Finish Line – The sports apparel closed 54 stores in 2016, and plans to close another 25 stores in 2017, according to indystar.com.

Article By Thomas S. Onder / New Jersey Law Blog

 

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