Retail stores often struggle to stay open and have to make the decision to remain open rather than closing up shop. Some unprofitable businesses may be a tax shelter. Businesses exist to serve a wide assortment of customers in order to make a profit. When they can’t do that anymore and the losses cannot be justified, it may be best to close down. Target, Wet Seal, and Deb closed a combined total of 733 stores last year. Retail isn’t for the faint of heart; you need to make the best choice for your situation.