Florence Justice Kid's Store to Shutter Doors
It's been less than a month since the Ascena Group began announcing closings of many of its retail outlets, including Catherine's in Florence (which many locals announced had actually closed some months ago). Now, the parent company of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant has announced that it will close 600 of its 820 Justice clothing shops.
The Justice line caters to children and what it calls "tweens," a hard sell in today's market. Unfortunately, the Florence store located in the mall on Cox Creek Parkway is among the number of outlets closing.
Local retail experts were surprised the GNC shop survived the first round of bankruptcy closings when the vitamin giant recently announced its latest financial problems. In reality, it's anyone's guess which stores may close next in the mall, which has to be feeling the vicious vacuum of vacant storefronts.