Tween retailer, Justice, will permanently close more than 600 of its US stores due to bankruptcy, amid the COVID-19 pandemic according to reports.
According to a press release, the Ascena Retail Group, the parent company of Justice, has filed for bankruptcy. The document revealed that the company took the “strategic step” to “protect the future of the business for all of our stakeholders.”
The release also added that it had entered a purchase agreement to sell its outfit, Catherine's clothings, to City Chic. It was, however, noted that Ascena would continue to handle the operations of its other brands — Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant, Justice, and Lou & Grey.
A person wears a protective face mask outside a store that puts out the "closing" sign on August 7, 2020 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
In a follow-up action, the company’s CEO, Gary Muto, expressed his gratitude to its long-standing customers in a statement he released last month.
As it turned out, the retail group wouldn’t be the first organization to be crippled by COVID-19. The Sur La Table store intended to shut down its River Park location soon.
While noting that the customers have been an integral part of Ascena, Gary said that the company would “remain in service” to them as it gets itself “through COVID-19 and best position ourselves for the future.”
Amid Gary’s statement release, dontwasteyourmoney.com reported that Ascena would be permanently shutting down a total of 1,600 stores. About 600 Justice outlets make up the long list of the brick-and-mortar stores that are getting closed.
USA Today recalled that the Justice brand, which was formerly known as Limited Too, is dedicated to creating outfits for girls aged 6 to 12. The brand, which joined the Ascena family in 2009 and is a Tween retailer, has 826 retail and outlet stores.
Amongst the 600 stores getting closed are those in Delaware, Connecticut, Colorado, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, and Florida.
The closure of the stores seems to be in line with Ascena’s plan to “transition Justice to a primarily online platform.” As customers come to terms with the unfortunate occurrence, the Fresno Bee claimed that Ascena was having some trouble even before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
To that end, the company had closed its Dressbarn outlets and even sold its Maurices clothing stores. As it turned out, the retail group wouldn’t be the first organization to be crippled by COVID-19. The Sur La Table store intended to shut down its River Park location soon.
Other stores that have closed down include YOSHINO restaurant, Destination Maternity, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and Planet Hair.