Rescue on the Horizon: Illinois Stores May Be Spared Closure with New Buyer's Intervention

Ash Jurberg

Four stores in Illinois may stay open thanks to a new buyer.

Amidst all the doom and gloom for the retail industry over the last few months, some positive news may be on the horizon.

buybuy Baby, the chain of stores that sells clothing, strollers, and other items for use with infants and young children, is owned by retailer Bed Bath & Beyond, which has filed for bankruptcy.

Both chains were expected to cease operations and stores close by June 30. However, this week, there has been news of at least two potential bidders looking to acquire the buybuy Baby brand.

A report from CNBC states:

Buy Buy Baby is drawing interest from at least two bidders as its parent company, Bed Bath & Beyond, works to auction off its assets and keep some form of its business alive.

It has been confirmed that one of the bidders is Babylist, “the leading vertical marketplace and commerce destination for baby, driving purchase decisions for more than 9 million people each year.” They would look to buy the trademark and domain of the brand.

The identity of the second bidder has yet to be revealed.

Ankura Capital Advisors, an investment banking firm, represents the second buyer, an " independent operator with several successful, complimentary retail chains in their portfolio.”

If the second buyer were successful, "75% of the 120 buybuy baby stores across the nation will remain open."

This provides hope that the retail chain could be saved.

Illinois has four buybuy Baby stores, which are currently holding liquidation sales. Now there is some hope they could remain open.

List of buybuy BABY stores in Illinois

  • 5540 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
  • 1556 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • 324 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540
  • 580 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173

While there is some interest in acquiring the baby retail business, there do not appear to be any suitors for Bed Bath & Beyond at this stage.

As a result, all 360 Bed Bath & Beyond stores would close if no buyer came forward.

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