Forever 21 has struck an $81 million deal to sell its assets to a group of mall owners and management operations, including Simon Property Group, Brookfield Properties and brand development/marketing venture Authentic Brands Group. It includes all of Forever 21’s assets and must be approved by a bankruptcy court judge.
Pier 1 Imports said it plans to close up to 450 stores, nearly half of its 942 locations, reduce headcount and shutter some distribution centers along with other expense reductions as the company is reportedly weighing bankruptcy. The company reported a 11.4% drop in same-store sales and a 13.3% drop in net sales in Q3.
Mall-based women’s apparel retailer Charlotte Russe has been added to the ongoing list of troubled companies in the sector, announcing its plans to liquidate and close all of its stores within the next two months. In February, it announced it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and close approximately 94 stores.
Innovative Mattress Solutions, parent of Mattress Warehouse, Sleep Outfitters and Mattress King brands, has joined the long line of retailers filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company’s 142 stores under the three brands remain open but its retail footprint is being reviewed, the CEO said.