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Gymboree Closing All Stores With Second Bankruptcy Filing

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For the second time in two years, Gymboree is filing for bankruptcy. The first filing in 2017 shuttered 350 stores as the company looked to right-size its operations, but this week’s news comes with a much heavier toll as all 800+ Gymboree locations are expected to shutter. The company cited a decline in the brick-and-mortar […]

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Luxury Retailer Henri Bendel Closing All Stores

Walker Evans Walker Evans Luxury Retailer Henri Bendel Closing All Stores

Columbus-based apparel company L Brands announced yesterday that it would be shuttering its Henri Bendel line of stores, and ending online sales as well. Customers are able to say their goodbyes through the holiday shopping season though, as the closure won’t take place until January. “We are committed to improving performance in the business and […]

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Chipotle Adding 150 Corporate Jobs in Columbus

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Chipotle unveiled major plans yesterday to relocate their headquarters from Denver to Newport Beach, California, and that news also includes plans to close their New York City offices and consolidate company jobs to their existing branch offices here in Columbus. While the news is unfortunate for Denver, the city where the burrito chain opened its first […]

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Warby Parker Opening First Ohio Retail Store in Columbus

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NYC-based eyewear company Warby Parker will soon be launching their first Ohio retail store with a Short North location in the works. The store will be located at 601 North High Street, formerly home to Le Chocoholique, which closed its doors in October 2017. The company is best known for its try-before-you-buy purchasing structure, and […]

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Toys R Us To Close All US Stores, Including Seven in Central Ohio

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The writing has been on the wall for some time at chain store Toys R Us, so it should come as little surprise that the company announced today that it would be closing and/or selling all of its 800 remaining stores across the U.S. The company filed for bankruptcy last September with over five billion in […]

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Columbus Diners Moving Away From Chain Restaurants

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Customer preferences are changing rapidly in favor of independent restaurants versus chains, according to Yelp’s second annual Local Economic Outlook report. “While chain restaurants across the country encounter increasingly choosy diners, independent fast-food and fast-casual restaurants have seen a continued increase in average ratings, improving by seven percent in the last five years,” stated Yelp […]

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19 Retailers that Filed for Bankruptcy and/or Closed Stores in 2017

Walker Evans Walker Evans 19 Retailers that Filed for Bankruptcy and/or Closed Stores in 2017

Consumer trends are changing in the world of traditional retail shopping. Those words couldn’t have rang truer in 2017, a year that saw a massive wave of bankruptcy filings and store closures across major brands, despite a growing US economy. Some of the spokespeople for the struggling stores are blaming Amazon for ravaging brick and […]

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