Bed Bath and Beyond, a popular homeware retailer, has announced that it will close 87 of its flagship stores and its entire chain of Harmon health and beauty stores due to financial struggles.
With debts of up to $1.2 billion, the company defaulted on its credit line with JP Morgan Chase and Co. and owes $550 million to the financial services firm and $375 million to lender Sixth Street. The company has also seen a decline in net sales, reporting $1.26 billion in revenue at the end of the third quarter, ending on November 26, which is down from $1.88 billion in sales reported in 2021.
Bed Bath and Beyond has released a list of stores that are set to close, with many sites set to close in March. 30 states will lose at least one Bed Bath and Beyond store, with eight stores in California, six in Florida, and five in Michigan set to close.
The company's financial struggles come amid a wider trend of store closures in the retail industry. Earlier this month, Forma Brands, the company behind the beauty chain Morphe, filed for bankruptcy protection, and announced that it would close the last of its 18 stores in the country. Macy's also announced that at least four of its stores are set to close this year, and two Piggly Wiggly grocery stores will be closing their doors.
The closure of 87 of Bed Bath and Beyond's stores and its entire chain of Harmon stores highlights the challenges faced by the retail industry in recent times. With declining net sales and rising debts, the company has been forced to make tough decisions to try and stay afloat. The closures will impact customers in 30 states across the country and the end of an era for the well-known homeware retailer.
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