The closures at Mayfaire and Independence Mall a result of bankruptcy
Two tween-focused clothing stores in Wilmington will close in coming months.
The two local Justice stores, in Mayfaire shopping center and at Independence Mall, are among 600 that are closing as a result of parent company Ascena Retail Group’s bankruptcy.
The company, which also operates Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, and other brands, filed for bankruptcy Thursday. Plans are underway to close around 1,600 of the company’s 2,800 stores, according to USA Today.
Justice, formerly called Limited Too, is geared toward girls 6-12 and will transition to online sales. Business analysts said declining foot traffic was worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. Ascena also operates Catherines, a plus-sized retailer, and plans to close all of those stores.
In total, 21 Justice stores are closing in North Carolina. More than 150 Lane Bryant stores are also set to close, including one in Charlotte and one in Hickory. Wilmington’s Lane Bryant at Mayfaire Town Center is not currently on the list.