Clothing Retailer with 400 Stores Now Makes An Unexpected Closure

A clothing retailer with 400 stores now makes an unexpected closure after abruptly announcing the shutter to staff last minute.

J.Crew plans to close its location in SouthPark in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Axios.

A spokesperson told the outlet that it would be closing on May 25.

They did not give a reason for the closure and are uncertain if it will reopen in a new location.

However, employees told the outlet that a new store will open in South End which is 16 minutes north of the closing location.

Though the SouthPark location is J.Crew’s flagship store in Charlotte, there are four other factory locations in the area.

As of March 2020, J. Crew had 492 stores worldwide, according to Statista.

In May of the same year, the owners of J.Crew, Chinos Holdings, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

It was partially because of the pandemic, but also because of its $1.7 billion of debt.

A few months after the filing, the company announced that it was successful in its financial restructuring process leaving it well-positioned for long-term growth.

“Looking forward, our strategy is focused on three core pillars: delivering a focused selection of iconic, timeless products; elevating the brand experience to deepen our relationship with customers; and prioritizing frictionless shopping,” said Jan Singer, Chief Executive Officer of J.Crew Group.

“As a reinvigorated company, we are committed to serving the changing life and style of today’s multifaceted consumer and to delivering long-term, sustainable results.”

In January, the J.Crew location at The San Francisco Centre shut its doors.

An anonymous employee claimed the lease was due to expire and the retailer didn’t want to renew it.

No reason was given for the decision not to renew though other retailers in the area have closed due to crime and decreased foot traffic.

Around 30 staffers were affected by the downtown San Francisco closure with some planning to transfer, but others were forced to find new work.

Stores including Nordstrom and Holister have also left the mall in the last year with theft and crime being a major factor.

Around 40 other stores have also closed their downtown locations due to the excessive amount of theft, violence, and verbal abuse.

Recently, American Eagle announced its June 12 closure at the Emporium Centre San Francisco.

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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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