Toys R Us closes 189 stores. Walmart lays off 499 employees, not counting the number of people who lost their jobs because it closes. Sam's Club. Sears and JC Penny are not financially sound. How many small businesses failed? How many people total lost employment? Who knows? Amazon is hiring thousands of people, so they need a tax break and other perks before they will put a warehouse in someone's back yard, while the owner gets richer. What a great company.