Eight more American Apparel stores are on the books to be shuttered.
The Los Angeles firm, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, asked a judge in a motion filed Tuesday for permission to close additional doors that have underperformed in recent months.
Half of those stores are in California and consist of its Echo Park door on Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Street Promenade store in Santa Monica; Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, and one in Santa Clara. The remaining stores are in Norwalk, Conn.; Jersey City, N.J. at the Newport Mall; Bridgeport Village in Tigard, Ore.; and Madison, Wis.
The stores are expected to close Jan. 30, according to court documents.
The company in late October asked a bankruptcy court judge to approve the closure of nine of its American Apparel stores and four stores operating under its more fashion-forward Oak New York brand.
American Apparel “decided to close eight additional underperforming stores that do not fit within their turnaround business plan,” the company said in its motion filed Tuesday. It cited an inability to negotiate an “acceptable lease extension,” high rents or an inability to turnaround sales slumps in November and early December as reasons for the additional closures.
Some of the stores’ inventory will go back to the company’s distribution center and be re-routed for sale at other American Apparel stores that will continue to operate. The remaining inventory will be sold during store closing sales, if the motion is approved. That’s an average of 2,573 pieces at each of the eight stores, the company said in its filing.
American Apparel operates about 230 stores located in the U.S. and globally.