Dressbarn Going Out Of Business, To Close All Stores

May 22, 2019 - 9:57 am

(WWJ) Another struggling relic of retail past is preparing to close for good. 

Women's clothing retailer Dressbarn this week announced that it is going out of business; and will, at least eventually, be shutting down all of its stores. 

"For more than 50 years, we have been proud to be your go-to fashion destination, providing a great selection at tremendous value. From working women to mothers on the go, we have been there for our customers – for their everyday needs as well as their most special occasions. On behalf of the entire Dressbarn team, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for your loyalty and your business," the company posted on its website on Tuesday. 

"It has been our pleasure to serve you, making it all the more difficult to let you know that the decision has been made to begin winding down the Dressbarn business. This means that we will eventually be closing all of our stores."

The move comes as the retail landscape continues to shift and change, with more and more shoppers buying clothing and other personal items online. 

"I remember going to Dressbarn with my mom, back in the late 80s," said WWJ Digital Content Producer Marisa Fusinski. "It wouldn't have occurred to me to shop there myself. Honestly, until I heard it was closing, I didn't realize it was still a thing."

If you are a Dressbarn shopper, there is some good news. While the company has commenced what it calls "a wind down," it isn't going away just yet.

All Dressbarn stores remain open, at least for the time bring, with sales associates serving customers as usual.

"You can also continue to shop online at dressbarn.com and use your Dressbarn credit card for purchases. There are no changes to our current return, refund, or gift card policies or our loyalty rewards programs," the company wrote, in a letter to shoppers. 

"We are proud of the important role that Dressbarn has played in the retail industry as a female-founded company offering affordable fashion for the working woman. From our first store, opened in Stamford, Connecticut in 1962, to where the Dressbarn brand has evolved to today, it has been an honor to serve as a fashion destination for so many generations of women."

No specific closure dates have been announced. 

In a media release, Dressbarn said its associates will be notified when decisions are made about specific store closures and provided with transition support.

Dressbarn has 24 stores in Michigan, carrying women's sizes 2 to 24. Find the location nearest you, here

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