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Filene's Basement Files For Bankruptcy

Filene's Basement Files For Bankruptcy

Another retailer can be added to the growing list of recession victims. Filene's Basement filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, citing slow sales and tough competition from other discount stores like T.J. Maxx. Filene’s is selling 17 of its 25 stores to Crown Acquisitions for $22 million, and filing for bankruptcy protection will give the chain a clean debt slate. Still, The New York Times points out that overcoming a Chapter 11 filing isn't easy in this economic climate, citing the fate of the liquidated Circuit City chain.

We can thank Filene's for developing a market for discounted goods. It's credited as being one of the first retailers to offer automatic markdowns, the idea to reduce prices on items that have been on the floor for a certain period of time. Hopefully, the 100-year-old chain will emerge from its second bankruptcy as a stronger competitor.


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
urzula urzula 8 years
The one in Aventura FL just opened a few months ago. It will be sad, I love that store.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's a shame - but to be honest, i've never shopped at filene's. i think that it's a really hard sign of the times to see that even retailers like this are having trouble.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Awh, I love Filenes! They have great deals on designer denim and party dresses!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Aw, no more annual Filene's Basement bridal gown rush. We don't have a Filene's near me, but I do know that I'd be really sad if our TJ Maxx went out of business. I like that store a lot!
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