Pier 1 Imports announced in Q1 that they were closing four of their 11 San Diego locations as part of their bankruptcy, but they have since announced they will close and liquidate all stores nationwide as a result of the pandemic. This includes the 11 in the county and one in Temecula. 24 Hour Fitness announced the closure of 130 locations, four of which are in the county and two in SW Riverside. The gyms impacted were Murrieta, Temecula Sport, Downtown Chula Vista Active, La Jolla West, San Marcos and Vista Sport. JC Penney announced they will close 200 of their 850 stores, but it is unclear exactly how the six San Diego stores will be affected. Neiman Marcus and J. Crew also declared bankruptcy in Q2, but impacted stores remain uncertain.
Discount retailers and grocers have been active in the market even during the pandemic, and are prime candidates to backfill any big box vacancies that hit the market in 2020.