Distressed Retail


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    Eastern Mountain Sports, Bob’s Stores file for bankruptcy

    The chains, in a “liquidity crisis” since their bank found them to be in default, require emergency funding to make payroll Friday.

    By June 21, 2024
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    The Weekly Closeout: Big Lots issues ‘going concern’ warning and Amazon ditches plastic air pillow packaging

    The discount retailer said it may not meet its credit and term loan obligations, while Amazon aims to drop plastic air pillows in North American shipments by the holidays.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 21, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Retail Dive

    Though some of the problems of the pandemic have waned, retail continues to reel from C-suite turnover and layoffs.

    By Retail Dive staff
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    Express, Bonobos bought out of bankruptcy for $174M

    A newly formed joint venture between WHP Global and mall owners Simon, Brookfield and Centennial will keep 450 stores open and 7,000 jobs intact.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Care/of is shutting down

    The vitamin and supplement company said it no longer has the needed funding to operate and has canceled all existing subscriptions.

    By June 17, 2024
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    Ryan Cohen dodges Bed Bath & Beyond shareholder lawsuit

    Claims that the activist investor collected “short-swing” profits, leaving shareholders holding the bag, are moot, a judge ruled Tuesday.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Qurate faces Nasdaq delisting

    The struggling company, which runs home shopping networks QVC and HSN and a small brand portfolio, has until Dec. 9 to regain share price compliance.

    By June 11, 2024
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    Foxtrot founder talks retailer’s struggles, resurgence and growth plans

    Mike LaVitola is back in the driver seat and plans to reopen 15 stores this year. He discussed what led to the company's demise, where stores will open and more.

    By Brett Dworski • June 11, 2024
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    Landlords close in on acquisition of Express

    With private equity-backed WHP Global, Brookfield and Simon Property Group have put up a stalking horse bid of some $160 million in cash and $38 million in assumed liabilities.

    By June 7, 2024
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    The Weekly Closeout: Kirkland’s explores strategic alternatives as Claire’s celebrates Hello Kitty

    The home retailer is also instituting a cost-savings plan as sales fell 5% in Q1. Meanwhile, the tween brand is honoring the iconic character’s 50th anniversary.

    By Retail Dive Staff • June 7, 2024
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    Dollar Tree acquires 99 Cents Only’s North American IP

    The retailer also bought up the rights to 170 store leases, with plans to rebrand and reopen them “as early as fall 2024.”

    By May 30, 2024
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    The Weekly Closeout: Dollar General taps store operations exec as PetSmart searches for a chief toy tester

    Lee DeVille will lead operations for three of the discounter’s retail divisions. But the pet retailer’s new role requires a furrier candidate.

    By Retail Dive Staff • May 17, 2024
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    Foxtrot files for bankruptcy

    The decision to file for Chapter 7 was made during a meeting with Outfox’s board of directors late last month.

    By Brett Dworski • May 16, 2024
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    KidKraft files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The toy company plans to sell all of its U.S. and Canadian assets to Backyard Products. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • May 13, 2024
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    Former Bed Bath & Beyond sues Hudson Bay investors for $300M

    The lawsuit states that the hedge fund reaped a short-swing profit weeks before the retailer's bankruptcy. Hudson Bay disputes the claims.

    By May 13, 2024
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    The Weekly Closeout: Joann exits bankruptcy while Adidas teams with Korn

    The craft retailer has $153 million in new financing as it goes private and the athletic giant released a follow up to last year's partnership.

    By Retail Dive Staff • May 10, 2024
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    Music retailer Sam Ash files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The retailer is evaluating a potential sale of its e-commerce operations, related intellectual property and wholesale business.

    By May 10, 2024
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    Simon Property Group would put up no capital to buy Express

    That price could explain why the mall REIT is willing to jump back into ownership of retail tenants after scaling back over the past several months.

    By May 9, 2024
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    Foxtrot’s assets to be sold this week

    Friday’s foreclosure sale will include “substantially all of the assets” of the c-store retailer, including inventory, intellectual property, documents and more.

    By Brett Dworski • May 8, 2024
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    Ted Baker says North America bankruptcy due in part to failures by Authentic’s Europe and UK operators

    The retailer said in court documents that suppliers were not paid, leading to shipment delays, order cancellations and merchandise shortages.

    By Lara Ewen • May 6, 2024
  • In its third bankruptcy, Rue21 plans to shutter all locations

    The apparel retailer massively downsized as it emerged from Chapter 11 in 2017. This time more than 540 stores will close for good.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Music retailer Sam Ash to close all stores

    The retailer, which has been in operation for 100 years, began store closing sales on Thursday.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Over 45K retail stores may close in next 5 years: UBS

    E-commerce penetration is expected to rise, helped in part by third-party players like Temu and Shein, according to a new report. 

    By April 29, 2024
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    Joann to exit bankruptcy ‘in the coming days’ as reorganization plan gets court OK

    The craft retailer expects to cut $505 million in debt and emerge from bankruptcy as a privately held company.

    By April 26, 2024
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    High-end appliance retailer Pirch to liquidate in bankruptcy

    The company faces lawsuits from customers and vendors, including one from American Express alleging potential fraud.

    By April 23, 2024
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    Express files Chapter 11, plans to close over 100 stores

    All of the company’s UpWest stores will shutter as the retailer pursues a sale to WHP Global, Simon Property Group and Brookfield Properties.

    By April 22, 2024