California Retail Chain Closing All 370 Stores After ‘Persistent’ Inflation And Economic ‘Headwinds’
A 99 Cents Only store is seen in Los Angeles, California, on April 5, 2024. The City of Commerce discount chain with some 14,000 employees announced on April 4, 2024, that it will close all 371 of its stores in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas after more than four decades. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)
Credit: Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images.

California-based retail chain 99 Cents Only Stores will shutter all of its 371 stores in the coming months, citing inflationary pressures and economic headwinds.

The store, which was founded in 1982, made the announcement on Thursday that all of its stores across  Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas would be closed down. Mike Simoncic, the Interim Chief Executive Officer of 99 Cents, pinned the blame for the closures on a variety of factors, including the COVID pandemic and a struggling economy.

“This was an extremely difficult decision and is not the outcome we expected or hoped to achieve,” Simoncic said. “Unfortunately, the last several years have presented significant and lasting challenges in the retail environment, including the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting consumer demand, rising levels of shrink, persistent inflationary pressures and other macroeconomic headwinds, all of which have greatly hindered the Company’s ability to operate.”

The company said in a press release that it would be entering an agreement with Hilco Global to liquidate all of its merchandise and other equipment and furnishings from the store.

“99 Cents Only Stores, together with its financial and legal advisors, engaged in an extensive analysis of all available and credible alternatives to identify a solution that would allow the business to continue,” the company said. “Following months of actively pursuing these alternatives, the company ultimately determined that an orderly wind-down was necessary and the best way to maximize the value of 99 Cents Only Stores’ assets.”


The store, once one of the top extreme value retail stores in the Western United States, sold inexpensive produce, household items, seasonal and party merchandise, office supplies, and other products. Currently, the company has about 17,000 employees, meaning they all could be out of a job as the company closes up.

“We deeply appreciate the dedicated employees, customers, partners, and communities who have collectively supported 99 Cents Only Stores for decades,” Simoncic added.

California retailers have struggled in recent years due to the impacts of COVID lockdowns, widespread shoplifting at many stores in urban areas, and inflation that has plagued the economy under President Joe Biden.

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