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2021 Store Openings/Closings Detailed List


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Product Overview

Date of PublicationAugust 9, 2021
LicenseEnterprise-Wide Internal - Subject to End User License
GeographyNorth America

This is a detailed list of 945 retailers with 50 or more stores and their store counts, net openings and closings in the retail and restaurant industries.

This product is ideal for retailers, property owners, REITs, IT companies and others that are looking to identify which retailers are healthy and growing and those that might be struggling or shrinking their footprint and historical data that matches those statements.

Data is provided for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 based on current company statements and is put together from 10ks, company releases and announcements based on thousands of hours of research.

If you are looking for the summary top level webinar data, you can get that here for free.

The information is provided as the net change in store counts.  For instance, if a company opens 30 stores and closes 5, the figure for that retailer is a +25.  For an example, see the PREVIEW tab below.

After reviewing this list, should you wish to know “who you should contact” at each of the companies, we would refer to you to our Sophia system.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Note: In a limited number of cases, the parent does not reveal the number of openings and closings by their subsidiaries but only at the parent level.  In this case, we list the changes in the parent level but not at the subsidiary level, but we list the subsidiaries for reference purposes.  This affects less than 10% of the total number.

Please see Preview tab for example. This research includes store openings and closings for 945 retailers in the following segments:

Food/Grocery (Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Wakerfern)
Drug Stores/Cosmetics/Cannabis (Walgreens, CVS, Sephora, Ulta Beauty)
Superstore/Warehouse Clubs/Hypermarkets (Walmart, BJ’s Wholesale, Costco)
Mass Merchants (Target, Meijer Stores)
Department Stores (JC Penney, Bealls, Nordstrom, Kohl’s)
Specialty Hard Goods (Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Rooms to Go, Canadian Tire)
Specialty Soft Goods (H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Casual Male, Old Navy)
Convenience/Gas/Forecourt (Chevron, Exxon,)
Fast Food (McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell)
Bar/Restaurant (Applebees, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle)

Here is a sample of the output.  The dark blue is the line for a parent company.  The lighter blue are the subsidiaries.

What is the difference between a Parent and Stores

An parent company in our definition is the highest level company(945 companies).  The banner is the full list of retail chains under that banner.  For instance, The Kroger Company is both a Parent and a Subsidiary in our sheet since they have Kroger Stores but also other subsidiaries.  So under The Kroger Company is Kroger Stores, Ralph’s, Quality Food Centers, Harris Teeter, etc.  We give you the full list of banners, but we roll-up the data to the Enterprise level.

What does Net Opens and Closings mean.

Every retailer, even healthy retailers close stores that are under performing or not meeting expectations.  What is most important for the health of the retailer is if they are growing or shrinking overall.  When you combine this with the fact that not all retailers report their store opens and closings the same, particularly when subsidiaries are involved or the company is private, you get a number of total stores for the reporting period but not the detailed number of opens and closings per banner.  For this reason we count net store change.  If a retailer opens 30 stores but closes 5 stores, they have a net of +25.  This is what is reported.

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