"Thanks!" also to fancypants505 (in this post) who shared:
I worked for Jcrew and they recently closed our store at the end of January. We were told that they were closing a few more stores but they wouldn't disclose which stores. JCrew has had their ups and downs for many years. They will come back but it may take awhile. I think they got too big for their britches."Thanks!" also to JRSConifer (in this post) who shared something semi-related:
... I was chatting with my favorite SA there and told her that I am not sure if I have aged out of J Crew. Even though I am usually dressed head to toe in J Crew everyday from my closet but the designs are just not doing it for me anymore. She mentioned that J Crew had fired a large number of the design staff but that we would not be seeing any of the new creations/designs until the Fall. Has anyone else heard that?It is disheartening for loyal customers and employees to find their local B&M stores closed- especially without warning. However, J.Crew has been experiencing less than stellar sales (refer to the "Do You Still Heart J.Crew?" post). I am curious how closing stores will help the issues that Mickey Drexler referred to as “missteps in our iconic classics.” Letting go some of the design staff seems like the more appropriate response. It will be interesting to see what comes next from J.Crew...
It is also interesting that J.Crew has slipped so much while J.Crew Factory plans to open 21 more stores in 2015. Madewell is also performing strongly this year. (Madewell opened 54 stores in just the last three years.)
What are your thoughts on J.Crew's store closings? Do you predict more to come? Do you know which locations are closing?