Beloved Clothing Retailer Is Now At High Risk of Bankruptcy

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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Another grocery store now makes unexpected closures after not being “able to capitalize on the area”, sources report.

A Lidl store has announced that it would soon close down – and the news has upset customers, reports The-Sun.

The message was sent out to employees on Thursday, February 8, by Lidl’s vice president, according to the Index Journal.

They explained that the closure was due to several economic factors.

These included “not meeting sales expectations” and “not being able to capitalize on the area.”

“This marks a continuing trend of shutting down stores in low-income and rural areas across the Southeast,” the message also said.

The store closure is reportedly set for the end of February so shoppers will only have around two weeks to visit that location.

Lidl is a German grocery store chain that also established itself in the US and has grown to over 173 locations, mostly on the East Coast, according to ScrapeHero.

Shoppers in Greenwood were upset by the news, according to the Index Journal.

Customer Eric Outz said he had not heard about the closure and said he would later talk to one of his family members who worked at the store.

“I think it’s a good store,” he said.

“I feel bad for them,” Eric said about the employees.

Other customers also shared their thoughts on the closure on Reddit.

“I’m actually devastated. I’ve lived in Greenwood for 5 years and go to that Lidl at least every week, usually twice a week,” one Redditor shared.

“It’s better than basically every other grocery store in town, but people just stick to what they know.”

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