Closing Doors Sooner: Bankrupt Retailer Announces Ohio Store Shutdown and Employee Layoffs

Ash Jurberg

David’s Bridal has accelerated job cuts and store closures in Ohio.
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Despite selling one out of every three wedding dresses in the United States and a booming wedding industry, bridal retailer David's Bridal filed for bankruptcy in April.

At the time it advised it would be closing some of its stores and eliminating jobs; these jobs initially were expected to be eliminated between June 12 and August 11.

However, a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) letter filed last week, advises the termination period has now been moved up to between June 23 and June 30 and all of its stores in Ohio will be closed.

Andrea Dauphinee the senior vice president of human resources for David's Bridal said this was "due to the various requirements recently imposed by the bankruptcy court to close locations sooner." This means 1639 jobs in Ohio will be lost next month.

David's has been in operation for over 72 years but has struggled to compete with online retailers. Despite last year being a big year for weddings in the United States, "nearly 2.5 million weddings were held — the most in four decades," people have been cutting back on costs as inflation hits.

David's Bridal stores in Ohio

  • 6262 Sawmill Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
  • 3265 W Market St Suite 296B, Fairlawn, OH 44333
  • 4187 Worth Ave, Columbus, OH 43219
  • Belden Park Crossings, 5514 Dressler Rd NW, Canton, OH 44720
  • 7676 Voice of America Centre Dr, West Chester Township, OH 45069
  • 5445 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
  • 7788-B Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236
  • Howland Commons, 2070 Niles Cortland Rd SE, Warren, OH 44484
  • 7-15 Prestige Plaza Dr, Miamisburg, OH 45342
  • Towne Center, 25102 Brookpark Rd Suite 168, North Olmsted, OH 44070
  • 5162 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43623
  • 17982 Royalton Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136

Retail apocalypse

Across the nation, retail stores are closing and there are predictions over 50,000 will close by 2028.

Over the last two months, Bed Bath & Beyond, Party City, and Tuesday Morning have filed for bankruptcy while major chains such as Walmart and Target are closing stores.

Your thoughts

Will David's Bridal store closure and staff layoffs affect you? Do you believe the government should offer these businesses more financial support? Are you concerned about those people who will lose their jobs? Do you fear we could be heading toward a recession?

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