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Published: Friday, January 27, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
By: Kara Driscoll - Staff Writer
— Teen clothing retailer Wet Seal will abruptly close all of its 148 brick-and-mortar stores.
According to a letter obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the retailer is permanently shutting down and will lay off all of its workers. The company is headquartered in California.
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Back in 2015, Wet Seal closed 338 of its 511 stores and filed for bankruptcy protection. Versa Capital then acquired the brand for $7.5 million in April 2015.
Local stores at the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek shut down in January 2015. The only store in Ohio that remained open was the location at Easton Town Center in Columbus.
Wet Seal isn’t the only retailer closing locations and laying off employees this month.
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On Wednesday, Abercrombie & Fitch eliminated 150 positions at the corporate level. The clothing retail chain is headquartered in New Albany, just outside of Columbus. In August, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced 60 stores in the U.S. would shut down.
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There is one store location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, and another location at Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati. A location at the Dayton Mall also closed several years ago.
Several retailers — including The Limited, Macy’s, Sears and Kmart — have already announced layoffs or store closures in recent months, and experts predict more businesses will continue to downsize.
“All retailers see a bump in sales during the holiday season. Announcements of store closings would have hurt their sales during the holiday shopping season because it would have sent the wrong message to customers,” said Serdar Durmusoglu, marketing professor at the University of Dayton. “So, even if they might have made a closing decision months in advance, they might have held of announcing after the New Year.”
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