Tuesday Morning at the Sunset Esplanade in Hillsboro, Oregon.
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Home goods retailer Tuesday Morning filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Wednesday morning and plans to shut a third of its nearly 700 stores.
The Dallas-based company said the coronavirus pandemic strained its business immensely, adding it to a growing list of retailers that have been forced to file during the crisis, including department store chains Neiman Marcus, Stage Stores and J.C. Penney, and apparel maker J.Crew.
“The prolonged and unexpected closures of our stores in response to COVID-19 has had severe consequences on our business,” CEO Steve Becker said in a statement.
Tuesday Morning said it plans to permanently shut about 230 stores and exit Chapter 11 in the early fall with roughly 450 locations. It added that it plans to attempt to renegotiate a “significant” number of its existing leases with landlords during the restructuring process.
Tuesday Morning said it has secured $100 million in debtor-in-possession financing from its lenders to help it through bankruptcy. As required by its DIP agreement, it said it must obtain a commitment for up to $25 million of additional financing, which it is currently negotiating.
In the midst of the pandemic, Tuesday Morning said it has reopened more than 80% of its stores to date, with over 7,300 people returning to work. The number of workers that are set to be impacted by the bankruptcy and forthcoming store closures could not immediately be determined.
More retail bankruptcies are expected to be on the way, as many businesses’ sales have shrunk drastically during the crisis, with stores forced shut and consumers holed up at home.
The chairman of mall owner Related Cos., Stephen Ross, told CNBC Tuesday: “You are going to have such a flood of cases going to the bankruptcy court. … And these aren’t really the type of bankruptcies that were induced by bad practices. It’s really all driven by the pandemic.”
Published at Wed, 27 May 2020 13:03:19 +0000-Discount retailer Tuesday Morning files for bankruptcy, to shut 230 stores