Forever 21 files bankruptcy protection
Fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc filed for bankruptcy on Sunday, as it joined a growing list of brick-and-mortar players who have succumbed to the onslaught of e-commerce companies such as Amazon.
Since the start of 2017, more than 20 US retailers, including Sears Holdings Corp and Toys ‘R’ Us, have filed for bankruptcy as more customers shop online and eschew large malls.
IT HAS 815 STORES IN 57 COUNTRIES
Forever 21 said the restructuring will allow it to focus on the profitable core part of its operations and shut some international locations. "We have requested approval to close up to 178 stores across the U.S. The decisions as to which domestic stores will be closing are ongoing, pending the outcome of continued conversations with landlords," the company said in an email statement.
The company plans to close most of its stores in Asia and Europe. However, it does not expect to exit any major markets in the United States.
Last week, Forever 21 had said it would exit Japan and close all 14 stores at the end of October. The company also said its Canadian subsidiary filed for bankruptcy and it plans to wind down the business, closing 44 stores in the country.
Forever 21 will continue operations in Mexico and Latin America.