Forever 21 closing all Canadian stores following bankruptcy announcement

Sep 30 2019, 6:32 am

Forever 21 has announced its plans to “wind down” its Canadian operations after filing for bankruptcy on Sunday.

The company has also filed for bankruptcy in the US, and plans to close all its stores in Canada.

“After considering numerous options, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue operations in Canada,” said Bradley Sell, Chief Financial Officer of Forever 21 Canada. “While this decision was not easy to make, we believe it is the right one for Forever 21 Canada. We had hoped for a different outcome, but after years of poor performance and challenges set forth by the headwinds facing the retail industry today, our Canadian operations are simply no longer economically viable.”

Forever 21 currently has 44 stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia and employs approximately 2,000 people.

According to the fashion retailer, its Canadian stores will remain open during the liquidation process.

Following its announcement in the US, the Company said its intention is to continue to operate the majority of its US and Latin American locations as usual, “providing customers with great service and a curated assortment of merchandise, while exiting the majority of international locations.”

They said that the restructuring will enable the Company to “become a stronger, more competitive enterprise, and a more viable company that is better positioned to prosper for years to come.”

Founded in 1984, Forever 21, Inc., is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and is known as a fast fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories.