Some otherwise dead retailers just won't die.
The Great Recession that rippled across the globe in 2009 and caused broke consumers to pull back on their profligate spending led to a litany of retailers going bust. Only the strongest retailers survived the economic downturn, which effectively exposed the U.S. retailing industry for having too many stores open.
The continued rise in online shopping didn't help the cause of many struggling bricks and mortar retailers. Retailers such as Delia's, Circuit City, RadioShack, Borders and Linens n Things were several of the most prominent causalities. At the same time, those left standing such as big-name retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) , Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD) , Gap (GPS) , American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Aeropostale (ARO) have gone on to shutter hundreds of flagging stores.
Now, years after the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, a couple of bankrupt retailers are re-emerging on the scene to try and take on a second life. The companies have exited the bankruptcy process with fewer unprofitable stores in operation and new management teams hungry to get a successful turnaround story on their resume. TheStreet takes a brief look at three of the retailers that are attempting comebacks this year after experiencing nearly devastating setbacks.