Make a list of every Fresno area store and restaurant that closed this year, and it can seem pretty depressing.
To some extent, it was another tough year, at least for the big national chains like Toys R Us and Kmart. They continued their avalanche of bankruptcies and closures that spilled over from 2017. But 2018 wasn’t nearly as bad as last year, which saw 40 stores and restaurants close in the Fresno area.
Some of the closures are part the normal churn of small businesses opening and closing, something that happens even during thriving economic times.
And if you need to cheer yourself up after reading this, check out the list of two dozen restaurants scheduled to open in 2019.
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Mattress Firmclosed hundreds of stores nationwide after filing for bankruptcy, including the one at Shaw Avenue and Fresno Street. Five are still open in Fresno and Clovis.
Poki Poutine started in Sierra Vista Mall as FRI Poutinerie, serving the Canadian treat of french fries drenched in gravy and cheese curds. It added poke and changed its name before closing in November.
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