A Popular Essential Retailer Is Now Closing 72 Locations

A popular essential retailer is now closing 72 locations after filing for an unexpected bankruptcy, the company has confirmed.

Rite Aid has revealed it plans to shutter 72 locations this year after declaring bankruptcy in the fall, reports The-Sun.

Seven of those locations will be located in the Keystone State, with the company hitting a total of 43 closures across Pennsylvania.

Rite Aid filed for bankruptcy in October, and separate filings have slowly revealed which stores the company plans to close.

The drugstore is based in Pennsylvania, and will now close shop across much of its home state, local outlet PennLive reported.

Most of the locations slated to close are across the southern portion of the state.

They cut straight across the region, however, with locations shutting from the Philadelphia suburbs to the border with Ohio.

A number of towns will lose a Rite Aid location.

  • Paxtang
  • Greencastle
  • Sharon
  • Altoona
  • Lower Macungie Township
  • Doylestown
  • Phoenixville

The locations will be added to the list of stores that have already shut in Pennsylvania.

The total has now reached 43, Penn Live reported.

Rite Aid has moved to shut hundreds of stores nationwide after filing Chapter 11.

The filing came amid controversy surrounding the chain’s opioid prescriptions.

However, Rite Aid is not the only major retailer seeing shutdowns.

Competitors like Walgreens and CVS have also been shutting locations, though at a much slower rate.

Walgreens recently revealed it would close a location in the heart of Times Square.

The New York City version of the chain, Duane Reade, will lose the location, though there are others just blocks away.

Customers at the store found out about the closure from a small paper sign at checkout, which offered instructions on where to go.

That location will close on February 20.

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A beloved clothing retailer is now at high risk of bankruptcy as the company looks for new financing due to widening losses.

The Children’s Place — which owns and operates The Children’s Place, Gymboree, Sugar & Jade and PJ Place brands — is working with advisors and lenders to find new financing as it projects a wider loss than initially expected in its Q4 for fiscal 2023, which ended Jan. 28, 2023, reports Retail Touch Points.

The company is now projecting sales for the quarter of $454 to $456 million, down from prior guidance of $460 to $465 million.

Adjusted operating loss for the quarter is expected to be higher than anticipated, in the range of 9% to 8% of net sales, where prior guidance projected losses of just 2% to 3% of net sales.

The company blamed lower than expected margins following aggressive holiday promotions in the fourth quarter as well as higher than anticipated split shipments for ecommerce orders and increased inventory valuation adjustments.

Children’s Place does expect to end its fiscal year in a clean inventory position, with inventory expected to be down 16% to 20% from the prior year. 

The company’s total liquidity as of Feb. 3, 2024 is expected to be approximately $45 million.

As previously anticipated, total indebtedness is expected to decrease by more than $100 million in Q4 versus Q3 of fiscal 2023 from $408 million as of the end of the third quarter to approximately $277 million at the end of Q4.

However, the company, which operates 500 stores in North America, said it is already actively working with its advisors, including Centerview Partners, as well as current and potential lenders to obtain new financing in order to support ongoing operations.

If new financing is not secured, the company said it will consider other strategic alternatives.

Bankruptcy often times provides companies with a financial restructuring plan when all other strategies fail.

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