That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

November 25, 2005

Casual Corner closing all 525 stores

Filed under: dead stores — Anita @ 5:16 am

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Casual Corner Group will close or sell all 525 of its stores in 42 states and Puerto Rico, the company announced Wednesday.

The Casual Corner, Casual Corner Annex and Petite Sophisticate stores will begin closing sales on Friday, the company said in a news release.

“However, we continue to examine the long-term strategic options for the Casual Corner Group stores, including the search for investors interested in continuing the Casual Corner/Petite Sophisticate brands and operations,” said Malcolm Sherman, the company’s chief executive officer.

Casual Corner, a women’s clothing store, was founded in 1950 in West Hartford. It employs more than 9,000 people.

Susan Cronan, a spokeswoman for the company, would not say what led to the decision to close the stores or answer questions about the closing.

“We are extremely grateful to Casual Corner Group’s associates, vendors and customers for their loyalty throughout the years,” Sherman said.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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