A pedestrian walks past a Francesca store in New York.
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Francesca said Monday that it will permanently close about 140 stores by the end of January but also warned that it may need to take bigger steps to stabilize its finances – including filing for bankruptcy.
The apparel and accessories retailer is currently reviewing “various alternatives to improve its liquidity and financial position,” B. lowering its operating costs, raising capital, refinancing its debts or negotiating ways to reduce leasing costs through concessions and deferrals a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“If the company is unable to raise sufficient additional capital to continue financing operations and meeting its obligations, the company will likely have to seek restructuring under the protection of bankruptcy laws,” Francesca said on the file.
The retailer expects a total of $ 29 million to $ 33 million in impairment losses due to the store closure.
Francesca’s is one of those retailers who have been marginalized by the US Coronavirus pandemicas it has weathered temporary store closings and has been dealing with a decline in malls traffic while trying to manage the switch to online sales. A growing number of retailers has Filed for bankruptcy protectionincluding J. C. Penney, Neiman Marcus, and Brooks Brothers.
Some of these retailers, like Penney’s, have managed to find a buyer that can keep business open. Others, like Stein Mart, have had to liquidate their stores and close the business entirely.
Francesca’s stock, valued at $ 7.2 million, is down 85% over the past year. The stock fell more than 35% on Monday to around $ 2.36.