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Top defunct retailers of the United States: All

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Oct 21 2010
1 Morville (Philadelphia area) 21385
2 Jupiter 18102
3 The Wall (formerly Wall To Wall Sound & Video) 10143
4 Blockbuster Music (some locations converted to Wherehouse Music however, the majority were abandoned) 3499
5 Yankee (Detroit area) 3270
6 Eagle Hardware & Garden (Founded 1989) 2143
7 Hastings (not to be confused with [link]) 1569
8 Woolworth 1457
9 Cornet 1318
10 Marianne 1313
11 Circuit City (now reopened online through CompUSA/Tiger Direct) 1087
12 Virgin Megastores 1022
13 FX 814
14 Montgomery Ward - Closed all remaining showrooms in 2001. Marque purchased and revived by Direct Marketing Inc. in 2004 as an on-line retailer only 773
15 Movie Gallery, (some Midwestern Stores are converted to Family Video; However, some former buildings in the region are majority abandoned) 698
16 Galyan's (bought by Dick's. Locations converted to Dick's) 656
17 Crazy Eddie 637
18 Laura Ashley 464
19 Gart Sports 438
20 Handyman (formerly owned by Edison Bros. Stores, closed in 1986) 424
21 Video Concepts 420
22 Afterthoughts (Woolworth) - Sold to Claire's 407
23 KB Toys (Liquidated February 9, 2009, which closed all of the remaining stores; sold to Toys R Us) 363
24 Tower Records (converted to an online-only retailer) 361
25 Rexall 291
26 Big Wheel/Rossi Auto Parts 238
27 Forest City (became Handy Andy) 227
28 Eckerd Corporation - Acquired by Rite Aid in the North region and CVS in the Southeast. 223
29 Two Guys 210
30 Woolco 209
31 Sam Goody (most locations converted to FYE, but a small number of locations continue to operate as Sam Goody) 208
32 Tweeter 206
33 Bugle Boy 199
34 Price Club (merged with Costco) 187
35 Service Merchandise - Filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1999; ceased operations by early 2002. The name was resurrected in 2004 for an online retail operation 184
36 Caldor 183
37 Coast to Coast Hardware 176
38 Thom McAn Store 176
39 Gottschalks 173
40 Osco Drug & Sav-on Drug - (freestanding locations) acquired by CVS/pharmacy 169
41 Electric Avenue 164
42 Phar-Mor - bankrupt due to $300 million embezzlement; some assets acquired by Giant Eagle 161
43 Bombay Company 159
44 Longs Drugs - Acquired by CVS Caremark 157
45 E. J. Korvette 157
46 Bradlees 152
47 Chess King 147
48 W. T. Grant 144
49 J.G. McCrory 143
50 Gemco (Known as Memco in the Washington, DC region) 138
51 I. Magnin 131
52 The Good Guys! - Purchased by CompUSA 128
53 Best Products - Ceased business in 1998 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1996 127
54 Consumers and Consumers Express 123
55 J.J. Newberry 116
56 Media Play (closed and dissolved in 2006) 115
57 Builders Square 114
58 Crown Books 112
59 Thrifty PayLess - Acquired by Rite Aid in 1998 112
60 Incredible Universe 109
61 Child World (aka Children's Palace) (Liquidated 1992) 108
62 Lafayette Radio 97
63 Musicland (Minnesota) 95
64 Zany Brainy 91
65 (Nobody Beats) The Wiz 91
66 Suncoast 91
67 Just For Feet 86
68 Hechinger 85
69 Revco - acquired by CVS/pharmacy 74
70 PriceRite Warehouse Club 73
71 SupeRx 72
72 Endicott Johnson 71
73 Lechmere 69
74 Beaver Lumber (Canada) 69
75 Fedco 66
76 Record World 66
77 Erol's 65
78 Allied Radio - Chicago - acquired by Radio Shack 60
79 Murphy's Mart 59
80 Computer City 57
81 Egghead Software 57
82 Herman's World of Sporting Goods 55
83 Peoples Drug - Acquired by CVS/pharmacy 53
84 House 2 Home 51
85 Fretter 51
86 Children's Palace 49
87 Camelot Music (converted to FYE stores) 49
88 Silo (store) 47
89 Pergament Home Centers 46
90 Rickel 45
91 Dart Drug - converted to Fantle's 45
92 The Store (Wichita, Kansas) 44
93 Sun Television and Appliances (Bankrupt and Disappeared in 1998) 44
94 Merry-Go-Round (retailer) 44
95 Brooks Pharmacy - Purchased by Rite Aid 43
96 Gamble-Skogmo (Bought by Our Own Hardware in 1986) 43
97 Handy Andy Home Improvement Center 42
98 Channel Home Centers 41
99 Thrift Drug - Merged into Eckerd after J.C. Penney bought Eckerd 41
100 Sunny's Surplus 40
101 Perry Drug Stores - acquired by Rite Aid in 1995 40
102 Pay 'n Save 40
103 Rainbow Records (Oklahoma City) 38
104 Waccamaw's Homeplace/Waccamaw Pottery 38
105 Sports Unlimited 37
106 Drug Emporium 36
107 Chief Auto Parts (Southwest and Midwest; merged with AutoZone in 1998) 36
108 Shoe Pavilion 36
109 Record Bar (malls) 35
110 Witmark - Operated in southwestern Michigan (Founded 1969, Liquidated 1997 which closed all of the stores) 34
111 CompuAdd 33
112 Otasco (Texas) 33
113 Home Quarters Warehouse 32
114 Sprouse-Reitz 31
115 GEX (short for Government Exchange, but a private retailer; also known as G.E.M. and G.E.S.) 29
116 Handy Dan 29
117 Arbor Drugs - Michigan based chain acquired by CVS/pharmacy. 28
118 Genovese - Merged with Eckerd/JCPenney 27
119 Sound Advice (Florida) 26
120 Yardbirds Home Center 26
121 Fay's Drug - Acquired by Eckerd, now Rite Aid 25
122 Shopper's City 24
123 Lane Drug - Acquired by Rite Aid 24
124 Brendle's - Operated 58 showrooms in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Closed in 1996, a few months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time 24
125 H.L. Green 24
126 Harold's/Harold Powell (Norman,Oklahoma) 23
127 Erlebacher's 22
128 Health Mart - Part of Lane Drug 22
129 Big "B" Drugs - bought by Revco, then acquired by CVS 21
130 Old America Stores (Bankrupt 1999 which closed all of the remaining stores) 21
131 Valu-Mart 20
132 Jafco - Acquired by Modern Merchandising in 1972; Modern Merchandising was acquired by Best Products in 1982 20
133 Gantos 18
134 Payless Cashways - (included Furrows & Payless) all assets liquidated as of 11/2001 16
135 Skaggs - became part of Albertson's 16
136 Rogers Peet (NYC and branches) 16
137 Tam's Gold Seal Drugs - Central Indiana Based Chain 16
138 Flipside Records (Chicago area) 16
139 Cunningham Drug - Metro Detroit area, dissolved in 1982 16
140 Polk Brothers 15
141 Circus World 15
142 The Sample (Buffalo, New York) 12
143 De Pinna 12
144 Evans 12
145 Kleinhans (Buffalo, New York) 11
146 Klopfenstein's 11
147 Charles A. Stevens and Chas stores, Chicago area. 10
148 Brooks-Maxi - Part of Brooks Pharmacy 9
149 G. O. Guy - Acquired by Thrifty PayLess 8
150 Arlan's Department Store 8
151 All Wound Up 8
152 DGS VolMAX 8
153 Rink's 7
154 Peaches 7
155 Pacific Stereo 7
156 Northern Reflections (Woolworth) 7
157 Schaak Electronics 7
158 Scotty's Hardware 7
159 Mott's 5-10-25 Stores 6
160 Highland Appliance 6
161 Custom Sound 6
162 Grossman's 6
163 J. Riggins 6
164 LaBelle's - Part of Modern Merchandising; acquired by Best Products in 1982 6
165 Gibson's (Texas and Southwest) 6
166 Chandlers 6
167 Roos/Atkins 6
168 Med-X - Acquired by USA drug and still operated as Med-X 6
169 De-Jaiz Mens Clothing 6
170 Casual Corner 6
171 The Warner Brothers Store 6
172 Flagg Bros. Shoes 6
173 Britches of Georgetown (including casual brand stores: Britches Great Outdoors, Britches, and Britches for Women) 5
174 House Works 5
175 Noodle Kidoodle 5
176 Davids/Oertles (Kansas and Oklahoma) 5
177 Playworld 5
178 Fayva 5
179 Saks-34th Street 5
180 Adray 5
181 On Cue (operated by Musicland in small towns and micropolitan areas, but closed before the Musicland/FYE merger) 5
182 Big A Auto Parts 5
183 Brooks Fashions 5
184 Foxmoor 5
185 Janeville 5
186 KG Menswear 5
187 Hit or Miss 5
188 David Weis/Jewel Mart 5
189 Builders Emporium 5
190 House Of Values (part of Thrifty PayLess) 5
191 Circuit City < 5
192 Mr. Clark's Appliances < 5
193 Rea & Derick - acquired by Peoples, now CVS < 5
194 Rainbow Bay Crafts < 5
195 Widdmann < 5
196 Rogersound Labs (Los Angeles Area) < 5
197 Lee Drug - was part of Peoples Drug-sold to Big B, then Revco, now CVS < 5

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