It’s been a rough year for so many people. Small local stores and even large chains have been hit hard by the pandemic and economic crisis that has been 2020. Despite how well loved so many stores are, sometimes it’s just not enough when communities are unable to support stores. In fact, thousands of stores are expected to close across the country in 2020. Here are stores that have closed and are closing soon in Arizona.
Nordstrom: At Chandler Fashion Center, the Nordstrom closed earlier this year as part of the store’s response to the economic decline with COVID-19.
Dough Licious Desserts: Edible cookie dough and bubble waffles store closed the doors in Queen Creek and the kiosk at Chandler Fashion Center, but the food truck will still travel around town.
JC Penney: Three JC Penney locations in Arizona closed in October. The stores at the Little Creek Center (Cottonwood), Christown Spectrum Mall (Phoenix), and El Con Shopping Center (Tucson) closed, in addition to hundreds of others across the country.
McMahon’s Ice Cream: A local small batch ice cream shop in Chandler closed this summer after a rough year.
Lucky Strike: A bowling alley that had cocktails and food closed its doors at CityScape in downtown Phoenix earlier this year.
Bed Bath & Beyond: The Paradise Village Gateway location is expected to close by end of the year, but it’s the only Arizona location of the 63 announced to be closed this year (with a total of 200 stores closed over the next few years).
Lilac Bakery: A pastry and coffee shop in Arcadia closed in late April, after having initially shut down temporarily per COVID guidelines. They later stated they would not be reopening.
Justice: A retailer for pre-teen girls is closing more than 600 stores, including many in Arizona. Some of the Arizona locations closing include: Avondale, Gilbert, Glendale (two stores), Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix (two stores), Scottsdale, Tempe, and Tucson (two stores).
American Girl: The American Girl doll store in Scottsdale Quarter will be shutting its doors, as the only location in Arizona. They are refocusing efforts company-wide toward e-commerce.
Microsoft: Microsoft is permanently closing all 72 of its physical retail locations. They had two stores in Arizona at Chandler Fashion Center and Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Pier One: The retailer closed all stores across the country, including their locations in Arizona.
Don’t forget that the best way to help your favorite local or chain stores is to support them with purchases of items, food, coffee, gift cards, or however else you can.