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Store Closures Announced for Ann Taylor, Dress Barn and Lane Bryant

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The Connecticut-based Ascena Retail Group is the latest chain store owner to jump on the Retailpocolypse bandwagon, announcing last Thursday that it would be closing somewhere between 250 and 650 of its locations over the course of the next two years. Those closures would include Ann Taylor, Dress Barn and Lane Bryant locations.

Retail brick-and-mortar closures continue to mount up, and are generally being cited to several factors that include a switch to online shopping, an oversaturated retail market, and changes in customer spending habits.

Currently, there is only one Ann Taylor store in Columbus at Easton Town Center, Dress Barn operates four Central Ohio locations, and Lane Bryant has five locations in the region. All three brands also have outlet mall stores at both the Jeffersonville and Sunbury locations.

No details have been made available yet as to which stores will be closing, or what the timeline for the closures will be.

Other major national retailers that have announced store closures in 2017 include Michael Kors, Payless ShoeSource, Gander Mountain, Rue21, GamestopRadioShackhhgreggJ.C. PenneyWet SealAmerican ApparelThe Limited and Macy’s.

For more information, visit www.ascenaretail.com.

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  • DeWight Smith

    Ascena employs a large number of people in their offices outside of Pickerington.

    • Curtis Garrett

      Locally, Ascena has a retail distribution center and Brand Services office in Etna/Pataskala as well as offices in New Albany (Justice) and at Easton (Lane Bryant). The company headquarters are in Mahwah, NJ.

  • Curtis Garrett

    This story, like much of the reporting about Ascena’s announcement last week, left out key details. Ascena has a fleet of over 4,800 stores. Over the next two years, 250 underperforming locations will close and an additional 400 locations are at risk if more favorable rent cannot be negotiated. This represents about 5% to 13% of the fleet. When this is spread across Ascena’s six major brands, it is not nearly as big as it might initially seem. For those that have worked in retail around Columbus, this is not shocking news. This type of activity takes place even in the best of times. Currently, these headlines grab attention and generate clicks and site views.

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