Iconic US department store Barneys officially files for bankruptcy

New York-based department store Barneys has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after weeks of speculation.

It has entered into an agreement with Gordon Brothers and Hilco Global, providing it with 75 million dollars of new capital to stay afloat during the proceedings.

As part of the restructuring, Barneys announced it would be closing its physical store locations in Chicago, Las Vegas and Seattle, in addition to five smaller concept stores and seven Barneys Warehouse locations.

"Like many in our industry, Barneys New York's financial position has been dramatically impacted by the challenging retail environment and rent structures that are excessively high relative to market demand,” Daniella Vitale, chief executive officer and president of Barneys said in a statement.

Barneys files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

”In response to these obstacles, the Barneys New York Board and management team have taken decisive action by entering into a court-supervised process, which will provide the company the necessary tools to conduct a sale process, review our current leases and optimize our operations.

“While doing that we are receiving new capital to help support the business. Pursuing a sale under the Court's supervision provides the quickest and most efficient means of maximizing value while ensuring we continue serving both new and loyal customers."

According to the company’s website, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas and along with a preeminent luxury online store, Barneys.com, as well as 16 other full price stores and warehouse stores across the United States.

Photo credit: Barneys, Facebook

 

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