Justice, the clothing and accessories store for pre-teen girls, has closed all three of its Long Island locations.
The Justice stores in Tanger Outlets Riverhead, Tanger Outlets Deer Park, and Lake Success Shopping Center in New Hyde Park all closed on Sunday, according to Justice employees.
More than 100 remaining Justice stores across the country, as well as Justice’s online store, will remain open through the holiday season. They will then close in early 2021, according to its parent company, Ascena Retail Group.
The closures come after Ascena, which also owns Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July. The company will continue to operate its other brands.
In September, Ascena announced it would close many of its Justice stores before the holidays, including all three Long Island locations. Last week, the company sold the Justice brand for $90 million to Justice Brand Holdings LLC, an entity of Bluestar Alliance LLC, which owns Hurley brands.
“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,” Ascena CEO Gary Muto said in a statement.
Several brick-and-mortar retailers have been forced to restructure as they face financial strains during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Century 21 and Lord & Taylor announced they would close all their stores, including their Long Island locations. Lord & Taylor had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the same day that Tailored Brands, owner of Men’s Wearhouse, did the same.
For more information about Ascena Retail Group’s restructuring, visit ascenaretail.com/restructuring.
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