These Retailers Could File for Bankruptcy in 2018

It’s an understatement to say the retail industry is in flux.

With established retailers such as Macy’s and Toys R Us closing stores and Amazon and Walmart swallowing big retailers (Whole Foods and Jet.com, respectively), forecasting what comes next in U.S. retailing feels something like folly. (And now pundits are wondering if Amazon might buy Target.)

However this plays out, it’s clear that several established retailers are headed toward bankruptcy in 2018.

Here is a handful that could find themselves seeking protection under Chapter 13:

Claire’s Stores
Claire’s is in serious debt, to the tune of over $2 billion. The mall-staple chain was trying to restructure last year, but still, pundits have called the retailer “a complete train wreck.” It hasn’t met 2018 riding a wave of better news either: It’s currently pulling children’s makeup laced with asbestos off its shelves. How much longer can it hold on?

Sears Holdings
Sears has been dancing around bankruptcy for years, and Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy last year. It continues to shrink its footprint.

David’s Bridal
The chain wedding wear boutique, which operates over 300 locations, is carrying over $500 million in loans that are due to be repaid in 2019. Experts doubt the company can pull it off.

Neiman Marcus
The Motley Fool reports that over the past two fiscal years, privately owned Neiman Marcus has fallen into “a deep rut,” noting that a combination of declining mall traffic and corporate missteps led to comp store sales declining 4.1 percent in fiscal 2016 and 5.2 percent in fiscal 2017.

Bon-Ton
The National Law Review reported this week that Bon-Ton is “one of a number of stores that Moody’s rated with debt ratings of ‘Caa’ or lower, which represents anywhere from ‘substantial risk’ to the potential for total default on a bond.”

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JCK Magazine Editor

One response to “These Retailers Could File for Bankruptcy in 2018”

  1. Thanks for the information. I see a lot of independents closing doors as they are unable to compete as more and more manufacturers are their products themselves online directly to consumers.

    The independent retailers can survive this if they stick together have a plan in place such as recognize and notify all independents of such manufacturers including watch makers and pledge to stop carrying goods from manufacturers, watch makers & designers doing this. Out of sight is out of mind & will result in low sales and more expenses in advertising.

    Second thing is to stop show rooming. No free service such as free jewellery cleaning, ring size measuring, free education, free advice to such consumers. with all the fraud cheating misleading information going online it will lead to more chaos and confusion. This will reduce online sales over time. The day of educating customers for free its gone, now they come learn and then buy cheap online.

    Few things one can do:

    Refresh your stores with new simple theme
    carry fresh unique design’s.
    Make sure if you have a gemologist or certified jeweller people know you have a true professional on staff.
    Make sure your community knows your over the years contribution to the community.
    invest in laser soldering machine ect if you do not have a gold smith on staff.

    The ones that will not do that will suffer and slowly close.

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