Several retailers appear to be at greatest risk of default and bankruptcy in 2019. The retail industry carefully monitors the ratings and pricing fluctuations in prices of publicly traded debt from large retailers. Check out the full list here. Names on the list include Hudson Bay Co, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus, Rite Aid, Pier1, among others. As a result, the impact of challenges on the retail sector seem to impact high-end and low-end retailers in every category. The safe retailers are those who avoided private equity buyers.