The Canadian arm of fashion retailer Chico’s FAS has filed for bankruptcy, resulting in the closure of ten stores.
Chico’s FAS Canada Co made the filing with the Ontario, Canada, office of the Superintendent in Bankruptcy on 30 July. The bankruptcy proceedings will be conducted through the District Court of Ontario, Canada.
The action will result in the permanent closure of four Chico’s and six White House Black Market boutiques in Ontario, which have remained closed since 17 March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The permanent closure of the Canadian boutiques, which constitute all of the company’s Canadian stores, is part of Chico’s ongoing cost-savings measures taken to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and address the operational and financial challenges associated with operating in Canada, the company said in its filing.
Chico’s expects to record, on a net basis, a non-material charge to fiscal 2020 results in connection with the bankruptcy of the subsidiary.
In its first-quarter, Chico’s FAS reported a net loss of US$178.3m for the 13 weeks to 2 May, compared to earnings of $2m a year prior. Net sales were down 46% to $280.3m, reflecting the impact of its closed stores during the second half of the quarter and 78 store closures since last year’s first quarter, partially offset by a strong digital commerce performance.
The retail group joins others that havesuccumbed to bankruptcy during the pandemic, including Le Tote and its Lord & Taylor chain, J.Crew, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and Brooks Brothers.