The coronavirus pandemic has led another retailer to file for bankruptcy.
Lucky Brand Dungarees LLC, which has about 200 Lucky Brand stores in North America and sells its products in department stores, announced it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday with plans to sell the equity-backed business to the SPARC Group, operator of Aéropostale and Nautica.
The company also plans to close at least 13 stores in bankruptcy, it said in a news release.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted sales across all channels,” said Matthew A. Kaness, interim CEO and executive chairman, in a statement. “While we are optimistic about the reopening of stores and our customers’ return, the business has yet to recover fully.”
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The Los Angeles-based business is owned by Leonard Green & Partners LP, which owes $182 million to lenders and $79 million to vendors, according to court records, which were filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.
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As many as 25,000 stores could shutter this year as businesses continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic, according to a recent report from Coresight Research.
COVID-19 has hit retailers who were already in debt harder than others and bankruptcy filings have increased due to the pandemic with J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus, Tuesday Morning, GNC and J. Crew filing for Chapter 11.
Other retailers, who haven’t filed for bankruptcy, also plan to shutter locations, including Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom and Signet Jewelers, parent company of Kay, Zales and Jared.
Lucky Brand store closings 2020
The following stores were listed in the bankruptcy filing as “initial closing stores.”
Arkansas Lucky Brand store closing
- Little Rock: 11201 Bass Pro Parkway
California closing Lucky Brand stores
- Arvin: 5701 Outlets at Tejon Ranch Parkway
- Long Beach: 5267 2nd St.
- Thousand Oaks: 350 W. Hillcrest Dr.
Connecticut Lucky Brand closing store
- West Hartford: 1500 New Britain Ave.
Florida Lucky Brand store closures
- Dania Beach: 1763 Pointe Blvd.
- Orlando: 4200 Conroy Rd.
- Sarasota: 140 University Town Center Dr.
Illinois Lucky Brand closing store
- Chicago: 520 N Michigan Ave.
Michigan Lucky Brand store closure
- Troy: 2800 Big Beaver
Mississippi Lucky Brand store closure
- Ridgeland: 1000 Highland Colony Parkway
Nevada Lucky Brand closing store
- Las Vegas: 1955 Festival Plaza Dr.
Puerto Rico Lucky Brand closure
- San Juan: 1000 The Mall of San Juan Blvd.
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