Steve & Barry’s Squeeze: Without White Knight, Liquidation a Possibility

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With deadlines closing in and no new financing in sight, the options are narrowing for Steve & Barry's University Sportswear. Sources say that, unless a white knight can be found, liquidation is a distinct possibility for the once red-hot chain.

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