- Ascena Retail Group announced in May it was going to wind down its Dressbarn business.
- All 650 stores will ultimately close.
- Dressbarn has detailed the 28 stores it plans to close first.
Dressbarn is starting to shut stores this month and next, kicking off the process of it going out of business entirely.
Its parent company, Ascena Retail Group, announced in May that it planned to wind down Dressbarn and ultimately shut all 650 or so of the women's clothing stores in order to focus on its more profitable brands, like Ann Taylor and Loft. At the time, it didn't say when it would begin closing stores or which locations were slated to close first.
On Friday, however, a list was posted on Dressbarn's corporate website with 28 locations set to close in the coming weeks, at various malls, shopping and outlet centers across the U.S. (See the full list below.)
The closings by Dressbarn come amid a wave of store closures across the country this year. More than 6,000 closures have been announced so far this year by companies ranging from Payless ShoeSource to Gymboree to Charlotte Russe, Victoria's Secret and Gap. That's more store closures than in all of 2018, when 5,864 closures were announced over the entire year, according to a retail real estate tracker by Coresight Research.
Dressbarn, which has been around for more than five decades, has struggled to grow in apparel retailing as more women steer toward fast-fashion retailers such as H&M and Zara, off-price chains such as T.J. Maxx and Ross Stores, and even Target. Amazon also continues to take a larger share of the apparel market online.
Ascena shares are down more than 70% this year.
Here's the complete list of Dressbarn stores set to close in June and July, according to the retailer's website:
June Store Closings:
ALMADEN PLAZA - 5353 Almaden Expressway SAN JOSE CA
SOUTHBURY PLAZA - 100 Main Street North SOUTHBURY CT
EAST BROOK MALL - 95 Storrs Road MANSFIELD CT
LANDING AT TRADITION - 10748 SW Village Parkway PORT ST. LUCIE FL
WILLOW LAKE EAST SHOPPING CENTER - 2670 Lake Circle Drive INDIANAPOLIS IN
ERSKINE VILLAGE - 1290 East Ireland Road SOUTH BEND IN
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTER - 8143 E Kellogg Drive WICHITA KS
FIVE TOWN PLAZA - 354 A Cooley Street SPRINGFIELD MA
SHOPPES AT BRANSON HILLS - 1013 Branson Hills Parkway BRANSON MO
PROMENADE DIBERVILLE - 3944 Promenade Parkway DIBERVILLE MS
RIMROCK MALL - 300 S 24th Street West BILLINGS MT
POPLIN PLACE SHOPPING CENTER - 3019 West Highway 74 MONROE NC
AFTON RIDGE SHOPPING CENTER - 6330 Bayfield Parkway CONCORD NC
TANGER OUTLET AT THE WALK - 108 North Michigan Avenue ATLANTIC CITY NJ
UNION CENTER - 89-89 Union Turnpike GLENDALE NY
SALMON RUN MALL - 1300 Arsenal Street WATERTOWN NY
MARKET AT HILLIARD - 1888 Hilliard Rome Road HILLIARD OH
TULSA HILLS SHOPPING CENTER - 7418 South Olympia Ave West TULSA OK
SEASIDE FACTORY O/C - 1111 North Roosevelt Drive SEASIDE OR
RICHLAND TOWN CENTRE - 300 Town Centre Drive JOHNSTOWN PA
FLORENCE MALL - 1945 West Palmetto Avenue FLORENCE SC
LEBANON PREMIUM OUTLETS - 270 Outlet Village Drive LEBANON TN
CENTRAL MALL - 3327 Mall Drive TEXARKANA TX
GREENBRIAR TOWN CENTER - 13015 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway FAIRFAX VA
SETTLERS MARKET AT NEW TOWN - 5225 Settlers Market Blvd WILLIAMSBURG VA
July Store Closings:
PALM VALLEY PAVILIONS WEST - 1400 N. Litchfield Road GOODYEAR AZ
PANORAMA PLAZA - 1601 Penfield Road ROCHESTER NY
OUTLET SHOPPES OF BLUEGRASS - 1155 Buck Creek Road SIMPSONVILLE KY