Every year at the beginning of the holiday season, there’s a ritual that we all take part in. We start looking to see which retail stores are open on Thanksgiving.

Obviously, there is a controversy that brews every year over whether or not retail stores should stay open on Thanksgiving, but the fact of the matter is many people in New Jersey like to use those few precious hours during which they don’t have to work to get a head start on their holiday shopping.

There’s a new ritual though, one that has come into play in the last few years, and that is searching to see which stores are still actually in business! With the proliferation of online retail, we’ve been losing more and more brick-and-mortar retail stores every year.

In light of this, I have provided a list for you of the retail chains that have gone out of business in the past year and which new Jersey locations in particular are slated to close or have already closed. So before you set out on your holiday shopping spree this year make sure to check this list!

This is by no means a complete list, and since Closings may not be official yet, I would advise you to check with Google to make sure of the accuracy and timing of these closings. But these are 13 prominent chains that have announced closings in New Jersey, so it would be prudent to do a little research before setting out this year!

  • 1

    American Apparel

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    Locations closing: Menlo Park Mall, Cherry Hill, Hoboken.

  • 2

    Sports Authority

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    Locations closing: All locations.

  • 3

    Bebe

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    Locations closing: Menlo Park, Jersey Shore Outlets, Freehold, Lawrence, Blackwood, Elizabeth, Cherry Hill, Paramus, Short Hills.

  • 4

    HHGregg

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    Locations closing: Morristown, Mays Landing, Deptford

  • 5

    JCPenney

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    Locations closing: Middle Township

  • 6

    Kmart

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    Locations closing: Clementon, East Brunswick, Pleasantville, Mantua, Rio Grande, Manahawkin.

  • 7

    The Limited

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    Locations closing: All locations.

  • 8

    Payless

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    Locations closing: East Rutherford, Marlton, East Brunswick, Phillipsburg, Bloomfield, Cape May, Cherry Hill, Marlboro.

  • 9

    RadioShack

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    Locations closing: Bayonne, Bloomfield, Brick, Elmwood Park, Edgewater, Glassboro, Hammonton, Harrison, Lakewood, Medford, Neptune, Paterson, Passaic

  • 10

    rue21

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    Locations closing: Livingston, Toms River, Tinton Falls, Mays Landing, Vineland

  • 11

    Teavana

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    Locations closing: All locations.

  • 12

    True Religion

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    Locations closing: Garden State Plaza

  • 13

    Wet Seal

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    Locations closing: All locations.