Retailers will close 12,000 stores in 2009, according to Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail consulting and- banking firm Davidowitz & Associates Inc. in New York. AnnTaylor Stores Corp., Talbots Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. are among chains shuttering underperforming locations.
More than a dozen retailers, including Circuit City Stores Inc., Linens â€˜n Things Inc., Sharper Image Corp. and Steve & Barry's LLC, have sought bankruptcy protection this year as the credit squeeze and recession drained sales. Investors will start seeing a wide variety of chains seeking bankruptcy protection in February when they filereports, said Burt Flickinger.
“You'll see department stores, specialty stores, discount stores, grocery stores, drugstores, major chains either multi- regionally or nationally go out,” Flickinger, managing director of Strategic Resource Group, a retail-industry consulting firm in, said today in a Bloomberg Radio interview. “There are a number that are real causes for concern.”
Sales at stores open at least a year probably dropped as much as 2 percent in November and December, the International Council of Shopping Centers said last week, more than the previously projected 1 percent decline. That would be largest drop since at least 1969, when the New York-based trade group started tracking. Gap Inc. and Macy's Inc. are among retailers will report December results on Jan. 8.