Reviewing 2018 U.S. and U.K. Store Closures

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Key Points

In this report, we review 2018 store closures in the U.S. and the U.K., by sector.

  • In the U.S., major retailers closed 5,524 stores and opened 3,083 stores during 2018.
  • By sector, apparel specialist stores led the pack with 766 closures; Payless ShoeSource contributed 408 of these closures.
  • Toys “R” Us was the retailer that closed the most stores in the U.S. in 2018.
  • In the U.K., major retailers closed 1,432 stores and opened 755 in 2018.
  • General merchandise retailers closed the most stores in the U.K., with Poundworld closing more stores than any other.

n the U.S., major retailers closed 5,524 stores and opened 3,083 stores during 2018. By sector, apparel specialist stores led the pack with 766 closures; Payless ShoeSource contributed 408 of these closures.

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