Retail chains filing for bankruptcy protection in 2017

Toys R Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, joining a growing list of companies struggling to navigate a retail landscape altered by technology and changing consumer tastes. There is even a new term that has emerged which points to the dire state of the industry: Chapter 22. Those are companies that have been forced to seek bankruptcy protection for a second time. Overall, 35 retailers have filed for bankruptcy so far this year, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Following are some of the retailers that have sought bankruptcy protection just this year:

1.The Limited

2.Wet Seal(asterisk)

3.Eastern Outfitters

4.BCBG Max Azria





9.Gander Mountain

10.Payless ShoeSource(asterisk)



13.Cornerstone Apparel, owner of Papaya Clothing

14.True Religion Apparel

15.Alfred Angelo


17.Vitamin World


19.Toys R Us

(asterisk)Second bankruptcy protection filing by Wet Seal and RadioShack. Payless ShoeSource emerged from bankruptcy protection in August, while Rue21 received court approval to emerge from bankruptcy last week.