19 Companies At Risk of Going Bankrupt in 2019

Smells like going out of business sales. Here are some companies that are thought to disappear in 2019.


With Amazon and the likes taking over the internet is revolutionalizing the retail world. This means the end for multiple big name brands that weren’t able to adapt to changes or suffer financial struggles of their own. Here are 19 companies at risk of going bankrupt and suffer the same faith as Sears in 2019.

19. J. Crew

After closing its bridal store and parting with its creative director, Jenna Lyons, and CEO, Millard Drexler, J Crew might be closing its doors, and website, for good. According to Drexler, the company’s troubles might be due to the rise in prices. Suffering under $2 billion debt, a debt exchange in June offered the company some relief, but who knows if it will be enough.

18. 99 Cents Only

Don’t fear for your cents, they will still get you some discounts finds at competitors such as Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Walmart. In fact, these companies might be responsible for 99 Cents Only’s possible disappearance in 2019. Despite multiple efforts to turn things around, 99 Cents Only is still losing a lot of money. In 2017, the company suffered a net loss of over $70 million.

17. Forever 21

If you live in the US, you don’t really have to worry! Your favorite purses and your next hoodie will always be there for you at Forever 21. But, if you live in Canada, you might want to buy them quickly! In a Global News statement, the company said: “Forever 21 has made the difficult decision to discontinue further financial and operational support for Forever 21 Canada as we reposition the brand and global business to adapt to the current retail environment.”

16. GNC

Although GNC was said to be doing well in China and online in 2018, their revenue has been falling considerably over the years while also carrying a debt of roughly 1.3 billion. In February 2018, Management announced that it would sell 40 percent of the company to a Chinese pharma company which will be taking over production and distribution in China. Will it survive everywhere else?

15. JC Penney

Not quite as bad as Sears, JC Penney is however also suffering from the online revolution. Sales are dropping, employees are being laid off, distribution centres are closing. And while the company might just be going through a tough time from which it will bounce back, a total debt of $4.2 billion makes this scenario hardly plausible.

14. Office Depot

Unsurprisingly, the need for stationary has dropped, and so has The office supply retailer’s revenue. Office Depot will be shifting their focus from retail sales to services with their B2B subscription program and the acquisition of IT firm CompuCom among other things. Only time will tell if the stores will survive.

13. Neiman Marcus

The luxury clothing retailer’s sales dropped a whooping 5 percent in 2017. Despite somehow successful efforts to turn things around, Neiman Marcus is still financially struggling. After a failed sale to Canadian company Hudson’s Bay due to Neiman Marcus’ declining sales, who will know if the luxury retailer will stick around.

12. Bebe

It all started when creative director, Neda Mashouf, left the company in 2007. After suffering operation losses of $4.6 million, Bebe decided to concentrate on e-commerce, paying $65 million to do so.

11. Pier 1 imports

Pier 1’s net sales fell dramatically in 2018. And since most of its products are made in China, Trump’s 10 percent tariff against Chinese goods is no helping things. The company will have to find a good strategy in order to prevent going out of business in 2019.

10. Nine West

Things are not looking good for the shoe retailer which is in negotiation to restructure its $1.5 billion in debt. Bankruptcy and selling off parts of the company might be part of the plan for Nine West to deal with its financial problems.

9. Cole Haan

It seems that the footwear world is going through a crisis. After Nine West, the luxury footwear brand Cloe Haan is also facing financial struggles. The company is trying to change its image by shifting from dress shoes to sneakers, but will it be enough to survive.

8. Charlotte Russe

This one is not a maybe. As of March 2019, Charlotte Russe is liquidating its merchandise and closing all of its stores for good. After filing for bankruptcy in February 2019, the retailer only planned to shut down 94 stores, but a liquidator won the auction for Charlotte Russe in bankruptcy court and that number quickly jumped to 500 stores across the United States.

7. Claire’s

Claire’s might be a thing of the past. Young girls’ number one spot to get their ears pierced went bankrupt in 2018 closing 130 stores.

6. PetSmart Inc.

In order to address an $8 billion debt, the pet goods retailer sought restructuring advice. It is said that Pet Smart won’t face debt maturities until 2022. E-commerce being at the source of their financial hardship, the company spent another $3.35 billion to go online which only added to its debt.

5. Payless

2017 has already been rough for the shoe retailer which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, laid off employees and closed over 600  stores. Payless was able to recover from its financial struggle, but will its 3 500 remaining stores do well in 2019?

4. Brookstone

Brookstone also filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2018 and shut 101 locations in the US. The company is now looking for a buyer for its remaining locations which are all situated in airports, e-as well as for its commerce businesses and wholesale operations.

3. Toys R Us

What used to be one of the best places on earth for anyone young at heart have been facing some serious and well covered financial troubles. After filing for bankruptcy in 2018, it was said that Toys R Us was liquidating all of its 735 stores in the U.S. as quickly as possible. But when owners called off its bankruptcy auction at the end of the year, everyone was left speculating about whether the brand was really dead.

2. Diesel USA

Remember Diesel USA? Yes, the brand was still alive and filed for Chapter 11 in March 2019. The company has a plan to restructure and remain alive, but who knows if it will work.

1. The Weinstein Company

Never the prospect of a company going bankrupt has rejoiced as many people as in the case of the Weinstein Company. After allegations of sexual misconduct by co-founder Harvey Weinstein the company filed for bankruptcy in March 2018. It was however bought buy a Dallas-based private equity firm.