A Mall Retailer Now Makes An Unexpected Closure in Ohio

A mall retailer now makes an unexpected closure in Ohio without providing a specific reason for the store’s closure.

Vera Bradley has been known for making unique bags and luggage options for women for over 40 years.

But on June 23, the company will close its store at Ohio’s Summit Mall in Fairlawn, just a few miles northwest of Akron, reports The US Sun.

“We have loved being a part of your local community, but have recently made the difficult decision to close Vera Bradley at Summit Mall,” the retailer told customers in an email.

However, the company did not provide a specific reason for the store’s closure.

The store has its semi-annual sale ongoing, with up to 50% off select styles from June 6 through July 10.

Located just minutes from Akron, the mall carries over 100 specialty stores and offers various well-known jewelry and fashion brands including Vera Bradley, Pandora, and J Crew Factory.

“Once the Vera Bradley location closes at Summit Mall in Fairlawn there will be just three locations left open in Ohio,” reported the Akron Beacon Journal in a Facebook post.

Over 50 people reacted to the post announcing the store’s closure.

Comments flooded the social media post – but many were not surprised to see the store closing.

Several Facebook users said they felt Vera Bradley’s patterns and style have become outdated and expensive.

“Sadly, overpriced quilt bags Vera Bradley has run its course,” commented one Facebook user under the post.

“I use to run to the Hallmark store to purchase the newest pattern. Now, I’ve sold all of mine at my yard sales!”

“Vera Bradley seems like an outdated product,” echoed another.

One user said that Vera Bradley’s aesthetic doesn’t appeal to the community anymore.

Several resellers on Poshmark and ThredUp are trying to get rid of their Vera Bradley items.

Although the company is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, it still operates an online store and over 150 brick-and-mortar stores nationwide.

According to CSIMarket, Vera Bradley has faced a significant revenue decline in the first quarter of 2024.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the retail industry, and it is expected that Vera Bradley Inc will face significant challenges in the coming quarters,” the report said.

In December 2022, another Vera Bradley store closed its doors at the Natick Mall in Massachusetts.

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An unexpected restaurant now abruptly closes 7 locations in one state after revealing plans to shutter a total of 36.

TGI Fridays is closing a total of seven restaurants in one state as part of the company’s ongoing growth strategy.

This comes after the chain abruptly closed 36 locations across 12 states in at the beginning of the year, per The-Sun.

The restaurant chain will pull the plug on seven locations across the state of New Jersey in the coming weeks.

Today, Fridays will welcome in famished diners at its location in Brick for the final time.

“As we continue along our path of transformation to revitalize the Fridays brand and implement a long-term growth strategy, we see a bright future for TGI Fridays,” said Weldon Spangler, CEO of TGI Fridays earlier this week.

“We are at the helm of a pivotal moment that will allow us to explore boundless advancement, expansion, and innovation to keep delivering ‘That Fridays Feeling’ that our fans know and love.”

Before the closures, TGI Fridays had about 270 US locations, according to the company’s website.

“As part of the store closures, TGI Fridays is offering more than 1,000 transfer opportunities, which represents over 80% of total impacted employees,” the company previously said in a statement.

“Our top priority has always been delivering a superior experience for each and every TGI Fridays guest, and we’ve identified opportunities to optimize and streamline our operations to ensure we are best positioned to meet – and exceed – on that brand promise,” said Ray Risley, US president and chief operating officer, in the release.

Eight other locations were sold to former CEO Ray Blanchette, a longtime stakeholder who will acquire the previously corporate-owned restaurants.

The sale comes as major changes have been made to the brand’s leadership, including the news of Weldon Spangler being made CEO.

“As we continue along our path of transformation to revitalize the Fridays brand and implement a long-term growth strategy, we see a bright future for TGI Fridays,” said Spangler in a statement.

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