Department store sales are improving and many of the big chainsare doing a good job controlling inventories after a dismal startto the recession. But for this to continue, they're probably goingto start closing some doors, according to oneanalyst."We'llsee more stores close than open in 2010," says WalterStackow, who follows retail for Manning & Napier, in a Reutersinterview.The article didn't predict which chains wouldpare back, but pointed out that Kohl's is winning its competitionwith J.C. Penney, and Nordstrom is outperforming Saks, so thatmight hold some clues. The main hope for Macy's and J.C. Penney isthat consumers will shift away from the deep-discount apparelplayers like TJX Cos. and return to a regular-pricedenvironment.What department stores do you see closing doors thisyear, or do you think the major chains can get by without sheddingreal estate?ALSO:Walgreen's Duane Reade Acquisition Makes it King of NewYork

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