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If you've been noticing more going-out-of-business sales, there's a startling reason: Dressbarn, CVS, Pier 1, Gap and other chains announced close to 7,000 store closings during the first half of 2019 -- more than we saw during all of 2018.

That's according to Coresight Research, which predicts the number could hit 12,000 by the end of the year. You think that's bad? As online shopping continues to grow, another 75,000 stores could be lost by 2026, says investment bank UBS.

These 39 chains are shutting down the most U.S. stores this year, counting down to the retailer turning out the lights at the largest number of locations. When you hit the liquidation sales, take along your cash-back credit card for additional savings.

39. Nordstrom

Indianapolis - Circa April 2018: Nordstrom Retail Mall Location. Nordstrom is Known for its Service and Fashion.
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Nordstorm is shutting down a few of its department stores.

Stores closing in 2019: 4

Nordstom — the upscale retailer with a reputation for superstar customer service — has been battling for business as shoppers embrace cheap fashion chains and e-commerce sites.

The company has been pouring money into its Nordstrom Rack discount stores and making room for online order pickup areas in its department stores. But those efforts haven't been enough.

With its profits falling, Nordstrom has closed three stores so far this year and says a fourth will be gone by August. That one, in a suburban Seattle mall, has been in business nearly 60 years.

38. Macy's

Indianapolis - Circa February 2016: Macy's Department Store. Macy's, Inc. is one of the Nation's Premier Omnichannel Retailers II
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Macy's is making strategic store closings.

Stores closing in 2019: 4

At Macy's, it's practically a tradition that an announcement of store closings comes as soon as the holiday season ends. But this time, Macy's got an early jump on things.

The company revealed in November that a department store in suburban New York would close in early 2019. Later, a few more shut down. Chief Financial Officer Paula Price told analysts during a conference call that a total of four stores had closed by mid-May.

Analyst Neil Sauders with Global Data Retail says Macy's needs to keep losing locations "where the return on investment is not viable."

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