This Popular Clothing Brand Is Closing 100 Stores

Between sudden growth spurts and tantrums over trying on outfits, buying clothes for kids isn’t always easy—and it’s about to get a whole lot harder, now that a beloved children’s clothing brand may be closing a store near you. On Nov. 19, The Children’s Place announced in a statement that it would be closing 100 stores in 2021. Read on to learn about the fate of this beloved store, and for more bad retails news to be aware of, check out This Legendary Store Just Announced It’s Filing for Bankruptcy.

The announcement follows The Children’s Place’s decision to shutter 118 stores between Jan. and Sept. 2020, with a plan to close a total of 200 stores by the end of the year. Representatives for The Children’s Place admitted that the brick-and-mortar closures are a direct result of falling sales due to the pandemic. As of Oct. 31, 2020, the brand had seen its net sales shrink by 22.7 percent compared to the year prior “primarily as a result of a decrease in back-to-school sales due to schools adopting remote and hybrid learning models, along with the impact of permanent and temporary store closures.”

The Children’s Place is far from the only retailer to be hit hard by the pandemic, however. Read on to discover which other stores are closing up shop. And for more retail closure news, check out This Beloved Gym Chain Just Filed For Bankruptcy.

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Academy Museum Completes $388 Million Pre-Opening Fundraising Campaign Goal With Closing Gift From Laika

This total encompasses capital gifts, endowments, funding for education programs, and other special gifts.

Academy Museum Completes $388 Million Pre-Opening Fundraising Campaign Goal With Closing Gift From Laika

Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, today announced that the new institution has exceeded its pre-opening fundraising campaign goal of $388 million. This total encompasses capital gifts, endowments, funding for education programs, and other special gifts. A donation from LAIKA moved the museum over the finish line, closing out a campaign that was launched in 2012. The campaign is headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks.

More than 13,000 donors contributed to the Campaign for the Academy Museum, with gifts coming from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities. Cheryl and Haim Saban made the largest contribution with a transformative $50 million gift for which the Saban Building (formerly a May Company department store) was named.

Campaign chair Bob Iger said, “This is a great day for the Academy Museum and the entire world of film. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of a broad community of donors, and to the commitment of co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, we have proudly achieved our goal. The way ahead is clear, as we move at full speed toward an unforgettable grand opening in April 2021.”

“Closing this fundraising campaign is an important and exciting milestone for the Academy Museum,” said Bill Kramer. “We are deeply grateful to our campaign leadership and to our Trustees, donors, and partners who have made important commitments to the campaign. Their support is helping to make the Academy’s long-held dream of building the world’s premier film museum a reality.”

Ted Sarandos, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Academy Museum, said, “Thanks to the strong leadership of Bob Iger, the enlightened support of the Academy’s Board of Governors, and the dedication of the Academy Museum’s Board and staff, this new institution is now poised to deliver on its promise as the world’s premier museum of film. To all the donors who have stepped up to make this happen, on behalf of the Board I offer our heartfelt gratitude.”

Newly named at the Academy Museum is the LAIKA Gallery, dedicated to special collections, which will debut with The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection. This exhibition will showcase the world’s foremost collection of pre-cinema artifacts. Metro Goldwyn Mayer is providing support for the museum’s core exhibition, Stories of Cinema.

Eric and Melina Esrailian led a campaign effort to develop a program to provide access and opportunity to under-represented communities. Drs. Kathy Fields and Garry Rayant have contributed to the museum’s general education fund in honor of Sid Ganis and Nancy Hult Ganis.

New donors to the Pillar Campaign, co-chaired by museum trustees Laura Dern and Kimberly Steward, which names the support columns in the Saban Building, include Julia and Ken Gouw in honor of Miyoshi Umeki, the Oneida Indian Nation, New York in honor of Native American musician and advocate Buffy Sainte-Marie as well as Kimberly Steward

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Retail Roundup: Girls’ clothing chain Justice closing all stores, including 3 left on LI

Tween girls on Long Island who are fans of clothing chain Justice will have fewer options for picking up the latest fashions because the retailer is shutting down all its stores.

A chain that sells clothing and accessories for girls 6 to 12 years old, Justice will close its remaining 108 stores by early next year, parent company Ascena Retail Group Inc. announced Wednesday.

But the three remaining Long Island stores that will close this weekend were part of a list of 23 closings announced in September. Those three stores — in Tanger Outlets Riverhead, Tanger Outlets Deer Park and Lake Success Shopping Center in New Hyde Park — will close Sunday, employees at the stores said Wednesday.

Since Ascena filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July, it has closed hundreds of clothing stores, including 13 on Long Island — eight Justices, a Catherine’s in Patchogue, two Lane Bryants and two Lane Bryant Outlets.

Ascena did not respond to questions about the closings, including an inquiry about how many jobs will be affected by the shutdowns.

The 5,000-square-foot Justice in Deer Park and 4,500-square-foot store in New Hyde Park both opened in 2008, representatives for the shopping centers said.

Tanger Outlets Riverhead did not respond to a request for comment.

Ascena announced Wednesday that Justice Brand Holdings LLC, an entity formed by Manhattan-based brand management company Bluestar Alliance LLC, submitted a winning auction bid of $90 million to buy the intellectual property and certain related assets of Justice. .

“A wind down of all Justice locations is expected to conclude by early 2021,” Mahwah, New Jersey-based Ascena said in a statement.

But the closing of hundreds of Ascena’s stores, including the three remaining Justices on Long Island, was already in the works before the Bluestar deal.

After Ascena filed for bankruptcy protection, it announced closings totaling 1,138 brick-and-mortar stores, including “a significant number of Justice stores,” all locations of plus-size women’s clothing chain Catherine’s, and some women’s clothing stores under the Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey names.

Ascena had 2,764 stores as of Feb. 1, including 820 Justices.

The company had been struggling for years with high debt and some weak brands, especially as Lane Bryant and Catherine’s lost a growing share of the plus-size women’s clothing market to mainstream and online retailers. But the company blamed losses from the COVID-19 pandemic for its move into bankruptcy protection.

“The meaningful progress we have made driving sustainable growth, improving our operating margins and strengthening our financial foundation has been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we took a strategic step forward today to protect the future of the business for all of our stakeholders,” Carrie Teffner, interim executive chair of Ascena, said in a statement in July.

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Tween clothing brand Justice closing all stores

Tween clothing brand Justice will shutter all locations by early 2021, parent company Ascena Retail Group Inc. announced Wednesday.

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There are eight Justice locations remaining in New Jersey, all of which will close. Those stores are located in Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Deptford, Edison, Elizabeth, Freehold, Paramus and Wayne.

The news comes just a few months after 21 New Jersey stores closed.

Exact closing dates have not yet been announced. The company said stores and online operations will remain open through the holiday season.

Select stores already have begun liquidation sales, including the Bridgewater, Elizabeth and Deptford locations, with items up to 90% off, according to Justice’s website.

Justice Brand Holdings, an entity formed by brand management company Bluestar Alliance, will acquire the Justice brand’s intellectual property, as well as certain assets and liabilities, for about $90 million, the statement said. The transaction is expected to close before November ends.

“The conclusion of the sale process for our Justice brand is a significant step forward in our efforts to complete our restructuring process and maximize value for all our stakeholders,” Gary Muto, CEO of Ascena, said in the statement. “The optimization of our portfolio better positions Ascena for long-term success and supports our vision for the future.”

Back in August, Ascena Retail Group Inc. also announced it would shutter 10 Lane Bryant, seven Catherines, and one Ann Taylor factory store in New Jersey. In total, about 1,100 stores closures are planned, including its LOFT, Lou & Grey, and Cacique locations.

It has been a rough few months for the brick-and-mortar retail industry, which already had been struggling even before the coronavirus pandemic.

Pet Valu, Carter’s, Gap, Walmart, GameStop, Brooks Brothers, New York & Company, Nordstrom and Sur La Table are among the many retail companies that also have recently announced store closures.

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Sainsbury’s is closing its deli counters as shopping goes online and local

One of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains is closing its meat, fish and deli counters permanently as the coronavirus pandemic accelerates changes in shopping habits.



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Sainsbury’s supermarket at Colton, on the outskirts of Leeds. Sainsburys has confirmed it will cut around 3,500 jobs across its Argos stores and supermarket meat, fish and deli counters. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sainsbury’s said in a statement on Thursday that closing these counters will make stores simpler to run and reduce food waste. It will continue to offer hot food, including pizza, as well as patisserie and some bakery services in stores. “The pandemic has accelerated a change in our customers’ shopping habits and we are adapting to meet those needs,” a spokesperson told CNN Business.

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Fewer customers are doing big shops in stores. Instead, they’re loading up their online carts and heading to nearby locations for day-to-day items. The average online basket size increased 17% in the 28 weeks to September 19 compared with the same period a year earlier, Sainsbury’s CEO Simon Roberts said on an earnings call.

“The accelerated shift online will not reverse,” he added.

Sainsbury’s has doubled its online capacity since the start of the pandemic, delivering more than 700,000 grocery orders a week. It is fulfilling 100,000 click-and-collect orders per week, eight times more than pre-covid levels, and 17% of grocery sales are now online, compared with 7% back in March before the pandemic hit.

The “rapid shift to digital” is expected to stick “regardless of how long Covid is with us,” Roberts said.

Grocery store chains in the United Kingdom and the United States are rapidly adjusting their business models to adapt to what they view as lasting changes to the way that people buy food.

US supermarkets, including Kroger, Amazon-owned Whole Foods and Walmart-owned Sam’s Club, have expanded their pickup offerings to meet a surge in customer demand.

Sainsbury’s rival, Marks & Spencer, said Wednesday that it has “brought forward three years change in one” to become a more digital business. The company said that its deal last year with Ocado will enable it “to take advantage of the long-term opportunity created by the step change in online grocery shopping in the UK.”

Ocado, which is helping Koger automate deliveries, announced earlier this week that it has bought two US-based robotics companies to help develop technology to pick and pack online orders. “The robotic pick opportunity in online grocery is of huge value to us and our clients globally,” Ocado Group CEO Tim Steiner said in a statement.

While far greater numbers of shoppers are buying their groceries online, those who do go into stores want to shop as close to home as possible, according to Roberts. Sales in neighborhood stores are up 15%.

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Gap Clothing Just Published an Ad About Closing America’s Political Divide and People Aren’t Happy

Twitter users don’t love the timing of a new Gap clothing advertisement that apparently asks to reunite America, despite politics. As the extension of Election Day unfolds and tension is high around the country, the clothing store uploaded a video of a two-toned jacket, one side red and one side blue.

“The one thing we know, is that together, we can move forward,” the ad caption read. Right before Newsweek published this article, the original tweet was seemingly deleted. That hasn’t stopped it from zipping on in quote tweets around Twitter, though.

The Tweet acted like a gif and showed the jacket being zipped together. It’s been quote tweeted thousands of times, but only had around 300 likes before it was deleted. The mismatched numbers speak to the general response from Twitter users: now isn’t the time to unite Democrats and Republicans as all wait anxiously with different hopes for who will be announced as the next President.

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“Maybe there’s one place I can agree with racist, hateful Trump voters on and that about how lame this is,” wrote Fandom Managing Editor Eric Goldman on Twitter.

“Gap literally means the space in between two different sides. Your entire brand celebrates division. So maybe shut the f*** up” quote tweeted artist Yoyoha.

Others called to “close the Gap,” but meant the clothing chain, not the political divide. Even NASA scientist Dr. Jessie Christiansen responded with an extended-vowel “Yiiiiiiiiikes.”

While some commenters claimed the hoodie is just an ugly design choice, most took offense to the decision by Gap to make a statement on uniting as the country stands undeniably divided. Some seemed to find the marketing irresponsible to imply a simple decision to “zip” the opposing sides together would fix hostility, comfort or moral differences in 2020, because of the wildly different viewpoints of some conservatives and liberals.

It comes at the same time as a social media trend that sees some vocal American citizens admitting to breaking friendships and family ties because of political differences.

Election Day was Tuesday, but as Wednesday afternoon comes, America’s next president has yet to be determined. At the time of publishing, Joe Biden had 238 electoral votes, while Donald Trump had 213. In order to win the presidency, either politician must reach 270 electoral votes. At this point, it seems possible for either candidate to be declared the winner.

Gap Inc. is the owner of a few other apparel brands including Old Navy, Banana Republic and Athleta. None of the other brand accounts made post-election statements, though Old Navy and Athleta encouraged their followers to vote.

Newsweek reached out to Gap for comment on the message behind the ad but didn’t receive a response at the time of publishing.

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WCHA women’s league, including Gophers, closing in on schedule

Over the past four weeks, college hockey’s three western men’s conferences have revealed plans for their 2020-21 seasons, with the Big Ten and NCHC announcing their formats and start dates, and the WCHA last week announcing its schedule.

While there hasn’t been an announcement about women’s college hockey, one is coming soon.

Jennifer Flowers, WCHA Women’s League commissioner, said she is hopeful there will be some scheduling news from the conference by the end of the week.

“We’ve made some really good progress, and we are very hopeful of being on the ice in November,’’ Flowers said, declining to give specifics.

The schedule, however, might not look like it usually does. In large part because of differences in COVID-19 testing protocols between the WCHA’s three Big Ten teams (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State) and its four members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State Mankato and St. Cloud State), the season might start with games pitting Big Ten teams vs. Big Ten teams and NSIC teams vs. NSIC teams. 

“It won’t be a complete schedule,’’ Flowers said. “We’ve broken it down and tried to address what we can address given the information we have. We’ve talked a lot about just focusing on getting started. Sometimes if you work to solve the entire puzzle, you don’t get started on the puzzle. We’re going to break it down a bit because there are some things that continue to evolve.’’

In its return-to-play protocols that started with football and extended to winter sports such as men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey, the Big Ten requires daily antigen testing. Teams from the NSIC, an NCAA Division II conference that doesn’t have the resources of the Big Ten, face challenges in meeting the NCAA’s recommendations proposed in September that athletes be tested three times a week during the season.

“That certainly got the attention of athletic directors at our level because most of us are still trying to figure out how we’re going to do one-time-a-week testing in terms of how to execute it and how to afford it,” Minnesota State Mankato athletic director Kevin Buisman told the Star Tribune in October.

Regarding COVID-19 testing differences between Big Ten and NSIC members of the WCHA, Flowers said, “It’s not been a secret that we’ve been coming from different places. The one thing I’m most proud of is just how committed everyone has been to our league and doing what’s best for the women and all seven of our institutions.’’

Gophers women’s coach Brad Frost welcomed the developments, though nothing has been finalized.

“When you don’t have a start date and don’t have a weekend when you know you’re playing games, it’s always, ‘When’s it going to happen, is it going to happen?’ ’’ Frost said. “… We’re just looking forward to an announcement soon that says, ‘Here’s when we’re starting’ and we get going.’’

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Cushnie, a Fashion Label That Broke Barriers, Is Closing

From the early days of the pandemic, Carly Cushnie was worried.

“It’s at a point now where everyone is really freaking out,” Ms. Cushnie, a 36-year-old designer, told The New York Times this spring. “I’m definitely concerned about getting through it. I haven’t even thought about September.”

Ms. Cushnie and her company made it through September, and nearly through October. But on Thursday, she announced the closure of her 12-year-old company, one of the most prominent Black-owned brands in American fashion.

“The brand was just not going to be able to recover,” Ms. Cushnie said in an interview Wednesday night. “It just wasn’t possible, with the lost revenue, to try and generate enough sales to keep the business going.”

For its first decade, Ms. Cushnie had a design partner, her Parsons classmate Michelle Ochs, and their label was known as Cushnie et Ochs. But when Ms. Ochs left the formerly investor-backed company in 2018 — a surprisingly high-profile departure in which the chief executive also left — the name was changed, and Ms. Cushnie took over as both creative director and chief executive.

The Cushnie customer was an affluent woman (most dresses ranged from about $500 to $1,700) who wanted to feel sexy without looking as if she was trying too hard to be sexy. The dresses were both slinky and structured — body-conscious, but more Newport Beach bodycon than Las Vegas bodycon. Earlier this summer, Ms. Cushnie also created a more affordable line of dresses in collaboration with Target.

Celebrity stylists championed the brand; famous fans of Cushnie (or Cushnie et Ochs) include Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez and Blake Lively. The line has been carried at all of the high-end department stores, which, given the dire state of department stores, may have contributed to its undoing.

This spring, Ms. Cushnie said that “the biggest issue for us is retail.” Brick-and-mortar stores were closed, and retailers were canceling, reducing or trying to return orders. Then there was the fact that Ms. Cushnie was not making stay-at-home loungewear, but outfits for functions and galas that weren’t happening.

In an open letter announcing the closure (effective Thursday), Ms. Cushnie wrote that “the effects of Covid-19 have hurt my business beyond repair.”

But she also referred to the difficulties she had faced as a Black woman in fashion, “having to fight much harder than my male peers to be afforded the same opportunities.”

“One of the great ironies of the fashion industry is that while it caters to and profits from women, it has never felt like an industry that supports them,” wrote Ms. Cushnie, who was born in London of Jamaican descent. “This is especially true for women of color.”

Last year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America appointed Ms. Cushnie and two other Black designers, Virgil Abloh and Kerby Jean-Raymond, to its board of directors. Of the board’s 19 members, four were now Black. Two were Black women. (Earlier this year, following the Black Lives Matter protests

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This Hallmark store is closing this month, with another gift and cards store to replace it

A retail store that has been a staple of the Hunterdon community for nearly six decades is closing its doors later this month, making room for a successor that will serve a similar purpose in the town of Clinton.



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Jayne’s Hallmark Shop, located at 11 Main St., will close on Oct. 31. In light of the closing, all items within the store are being sold at 50% off.

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Cardsmart, a national discount and card and gift shop chain, will open in the store’s place — an action that reflects the Jayne Garretson’s desire not create “a big loss” for Clinton’s Main Street.

“It’s going to be up-to-date, trendy merchandise, with some things that Jayne didn’t have,” Rich Rubenstein, co-owner of Cardsmart, said. “The history of Clinton and the Main Street, we look forward to being apart of that and to continue the legacy she’s had there for forty years.”

“We’re excited that the new owner has chosen to locate in Clinton, and we look forward to continuing to help that business grow through the Guild,” Paul Muir, president of the Clinton Guild, said.

“They were the people most interested in the building when it went up for sale, so I was really hoping that they would take it,” Garretson, co-owner of Jayne’s Hallmark Store, said. “They’re filling the gap that we’re leaving … Every time you lose a retail store on the street, it takes away from everybody. Because everybody kind of depends on the traffic created by the whole street; nobody’s a standalone business.”



a store front at day: The Hallmark store on Main Street in the town of Clinton.


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The Hallmark store on Main Street in the town of Clinton.

Jayne Garretson purchased the store with her husband, Robert, in 1980 — 19 years after it was originally established in the Clinton community. Hallmark was renamed after its co-owner in 1992, when the store was awarded Gold Crown status.

Garretson described the Gold status as a “top of the line distinction” for Hallmark stores.

“These stores carry exclusive products and specials that other stores don’t carry, as well as other cards that other stores aren’t allowed to carry,” Garretson noted. “So most of the stores that are in the malls and in big strip centers, those are almost all gold crown stores.”



a car parked on a street in front of a house: Exterior of the Hallmark store on Main Street in the Hunterdon County town of Clinton.


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Exterior of the Hallmark store on Main Street in the Hunterdon County town of Clinton.

“You think a Hallmark store would carry Hallmark products, but … but she would have scarfs, clothing and other things,” Loretta Murphy, an employee for the shop, said.

Murphy described Jayne’s Hallmark Shop as “a warm, homey place” that served as her “go-to gift and card store.”

“That particular store, especially during the holidays and at Christmas

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