We've lost hundreds of thousands of people because of COVID, and businesses are not immune to its effects, either.

It's no secret; the pandemic has not been kind to retail, dining, and performance-based industries. Every day, it feels like another beloved mom-and-pop shop or chain is filing for bankruptcy protection, and it can be hard to keep up.

According to alpha-sense.com, 39% of the businesses that have filed for bankruptcy protection are "consumer discretionary," which usually means retail or entertainment spending. Coming in second place are energy companies; overall, restaurants, retail, travel, and movie theaters have been hit the hardest by the pandemic.

It's definitely being felt here in Genesee County; while some of the below businesses have survived and kept their Flint locations open, many did not.


It's also important to keep in mind that, if and when a business files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, it does NOT necessarily mean that they are going OUT of business. It's more of a reorganization to allow the business to stay open and pay its creditors over an extended amount of time.

Either way, here's a list of some of the businesses that you know and love that have had to file for bankruptcy during the pandemic.

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