2016 and 2017 Retail Store Closings in California

California's retail economy has been hit hard by store closings

California Store Closings 2015 - Going Out of Business Sale Locations
••• © Barbara Farfan for About.com

Retail outlet Aeropostale was one of several U.S. retail chains added to the "California Store Closings List" in 2016. Although five Aeropostale store closings for the entire state of California might not seem significant when you consider other store closings in 2016 and 2017 it's easy to see that the retail and California state economy continues to spiral down. The other retailer closings include such well-known brands as Sports Authority, Kmart, Hancock Fabrics, and Jos A Bank.

Walmart, Kmart, and Sears Also Closed Stores in 2016 

Before the end of January 2016, the California retail industry and the state economy had already suffered significant losses. More than two dozen retail store locations of major U.S. chains closed their doors for the last time. Almost every store closing announcement from the largest U.S. retail chains included a significant number of final store closing sales in the Sunshine State, and more have followed in 2017.

Walmart, Macy's, and Sears are just some of the largest U.S. retail chains that are closing stores and hosting "Going Out of Business" sales in the state. Smaller chains like Harstrings and Kitson's also liquidated their California retail operations completely in the 2016 calendar year. San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Long Beach are just some of the California cities that will have fewer retail shopping options by the end of the 2017 calendar year.  

Here's a list of store closings in California in 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

2015 Store Closings and Going Out of Business Locations

Aeropostale

  • Oakridge Mall, 925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA
  • Vincent Chico Mall, 1950 East 20th St., Chico, CA
  • Town Center at Otay Ranch, 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista, CA
  • Westside Pavilion, 10800 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
  • Sunrise Mall, 6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights, CA

American Eagle Outfitters

  • Main Place Mall, Santa Ana, CA

Gap

  • Main Place Mall, Santa Ana, CA

Gap Kids

  • Fashion Fair Mall, Fresno, CA

Hartstrings

  • Livermore Premium Outlets, 2774 Paragon Outlets Drive, Livermore, CA 94551
  • Vacaville Premium Outlets, 321 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687

Hometown Buffet

  • 4300 Florin Rd., Sacramento, CA
  • 2344 Watt Ave., Sacramento, CA
  • 9089 Bruceville Road., Elk Grove, CA

JCPenney

  • Vallco Shopping Mall, Cupertino, CA

California Losses Some of It's Luxury Chic

The Hollywood-based Kitson luxury boutique apparel chain closed all 17 of its stores in 2016, 11 of which were in California. Once the retail destination for celebrities who actually wanted to be "caught" shopping by the paparazzi, the Kitson chain was credited with introducing the concept of high-end casual apparel to the state of California. While the loss of the Kitson's retail chain doesn't seem all that significant revenue-wise, the loss is significant in terms of California chic. The loss of this unique California-based retail brand diminishes the magnetic pull of the state as a  global retail shopping destination.

California 2016 and 2017 "Going Out of Business" Sales

These retail store locations are either stores that have already closed or those that have been slated to close before the end of the 2017 calendar year.  

Johnny Rockets

  • Main Place Mall, Santa, Ana, CA

Jos A Bank Outlet

  • 2676 Outlet Drive, Livermore, CA 94551

Kitson’s (including Kitson's Malibu Kids, Malibu Lumberyard, and Men's and Women's)

  • Westfield, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Suite 148L, Arcadia, CA
  • 1065 Brea Mall, Unit 11188, Brea, CA
  • 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Suite 226, Camarillo, CA
  • San Diego Harbor, 789 W. Harbour Dr., Suite D1, San Diego, CA
  • 851 Paseo Nuevo, Space #101, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 395 Santa Monica Place #120, Santa Monica, CA
  • 85690 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA
  • 7007 Friars Rd., Suite 7008, San Diego, CA
  • 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Suite D120, Malibu, CA
  • 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Suite C110, Malibu, CA
  • 142 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
  • 115 S. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Kmart

  • 8501 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA

Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant

  • 1365 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94133

Macy's

  • Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA
  • Country Club Plaza, Sacramento, CA
  • Westfield Century City, Los Angeles, CA 


Marie Callender's

  • 5363 Culver Dr., Irvine, CA 92604

Panda Express (inside Vons)

  • Kings Canyon Road, Sacramento, CA
  • Clovis Avenue, Sacramento, CA

Pinkberry

  • City Place, Santa Ana, CA


Scoop NYC

  • 265 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • 216 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Sears

  • Hillsdale Shopping Center, 40 Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo, CA 94403

Toys 'R Us

  • Market Place, 2882 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780

Walmart (including full-sized stores and "neighborhood markets")

  • 5502 Monterey Hwy, San Jose, CA
  • 151 E 5th St, Long Beach, CA
  • 8400 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA
  • 4101 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
  • 2408 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA
  • 6820 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens, CA
  • 701 W Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA
  • 2045 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA
  • 12120 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA

More 2017 Store Closings

Sears announced in June 2017 that it intended to close 72 stores, including a Sears location in Chico, California and three KMart stores located in the state.

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