GAP & Banana Republic: 200 Stores to Close

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If you’re a regular GAP or Banana Republic shopper, take note of this news! GAP announced today that about 200 GAP and Banana Republic stores will be closing over the next three years. However, there are plans to open about 270 Old Navy and Athleta stores over the next three years.

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  1. Pharmchick

    This is terrible news!! Gap is my favorite store to shop at for my whole family! They already closed down all the gaps in Maine, I took solace that I can shop in NJ when I visit family… I hope the ones there don’t close.

    • Jen

      Agreed! I love Gap as well. I hope the one closest to me isn’t on the chopping block!

  2. Sarah

    I love Banana Republic ๐Ÿ™

  3. Qgirlfriend

    Noooooo! I love Banana Republic ๐Ÿ™

  4. Errrrrr

    Not surprised. I’m in my 30s. Banana Republic was THE aspirational brand for me in high school and college. I loved their polished, preppy, classic yet modern pieces. When I started working and making decent money, my work wardrobe was mostly Banana Republic and Ann Taylor. Then sometime after the recession, the style slowly changed to trendy: drop-waist dresses, peplum, high/lo hems, boxy cuts, MC Hammer-like pants made of satin, etc. Everything started being made in cheap rayon or polyester, and was dry-clean only. I can’t find any decent work clothes anymore. It’s been YEARS since I bought anything from Banana. In fact, I stopped going into the store. Same goes for GAP- I used to go for durable, preppy basics. Now everything is paper-thin cotton and shapeless sack dresses. I feel bad for those losing their jobs, but as a brand- Good riddance. My workwear comes mostly from Talbots, which used to have dowdy image in my 20s, but now has really stepped up its game.

    • Jill P.

      I agree 100% with you. Our local GAP closed a few years ago & I was not surprised at that time. They started to have the same quality clothing as Old Navy (thin & cheap) but charged the GAP prices. Very disappointing.

    • Sara

      I completely agree that the quality of the clothing at Gap and Banana has deteriorated. I often have luck at Lands End for preppy type clothes but their quality has slipped a little too.

    • Debby

      100% agree with you!!! I stopped buying stuff back in the early 2000’s becasue the quality and ill fitting garbage. I am not in the least bit surprised and I am shocked they have stayed around this long. Their PR/Branding people have not done a good job..becasue this brand has been dead for a long long time.
      Not all people are going to agree..I got that. The clothes might be ok for children…but for adults they are tragic in style and the lack of fit is almost comical. You can try on the same thing in the same size and they are all cut different…..that is just poor leadership/cheap clothing and a lack of vision. Same for Banana Republic…….

      • Margaret

        Does anybody have suggestions for good, AFFORDABLE maternity clothes? I don’t love Gap’s, but they are one of the less expensive options around, especially because you can use the same coupons as the rest of the store. I’m small enough that I can just buy regular XL maxi skirts for maternity, but tops are a problem…

        • Jen

          If you don’t mind lightly used stuff try ThredUp. I got most of my maternity clothes there and they were great!

        • Carin03

          Try Kohl’s

        • Minka


  5. Sammy

    No!!!! I love Gap! It’s the most reliable clothing store for my little children! Hope the one near me doesn’t close down. Fingers crossing.

  6. Qgirlfriend

    Guess I’d better get over there and use up my gift card…

  7. Holli

    I love gap. I buy clothes there all the time when I go back home to Michigan. Because in Florida I can’t seem to find one near me. Plus shave ordered stuff online as well. We need to create more jobs not less jobs. it’s a shame.

  8. Laura

    It’s so terrible that so many retail stores are closing but it’s our behavior as consumers. Online shopping is so convenient. I feel like soon shopping malls will be non-existent the way movie stores became extinct ๐Ÿ™

    • stacie

      I agree. Yesterday was my first time in a Target in many moons. I use to go at least once a week, now I order most things online especially since I’ve opened an Ebates account.

  9. nicole

    Disappointing! Gap quality is so nice! I have kids clothes that held up through multiple siblings. Banana Republic was my go to when I wanted quality work apparel pre kids. I shop old Navy a lot but that is all online when free shipping is a promo code. The Clothes don’t hold up as well but they are cheaper. Athleta is out of my price range.

  10. Andrea

    Oh no! I love the Gap! Dang it! I hope they will still be online.

    • Amanda

      Not all of the Gap and Banana stores are closing so there will still be brick and mortar stores (just fewer). They will also continue to sell Gap and Banana online.

  11. Jenn

    Oh man!!! Gap has always been my favorite brand for my family although I’ll admit I shop at Old Navy a lot more in the last five years. ON is simply cheaper and lot more convenient to return my online orders (my ON is in a strip mall and not a traditional mall. Yes I’m lazy!).

  12. Jen D

    I am really bummed about this. I love buying my jeans from Gap, the fit is great for my body type and the quality of their jeans is fantastic. I usually prefer to order online so I can use promo codes but I like to have a local store for returns!

  13. Larissa

    I have started an online Boutique with very affordable clothing. I’m currently on a Facebook group and am working to set up an e-commerce site. I would love for anyone to search “Treselle Boutique” and click join. I ship to all 50 states! Thanks!

  14. Minka

    Not surprised. They are too expensive for such low quality clothes. GAP jeans are good and that’s about it.

  15. Holly

    Oh no! Gap is one of my favorite brands!

  16. Haley

    I feel like Gap and Banana Republic had their heyday in the 90s and early 00s. Now they don’t stand out trend-wise and feel overpriced for the quality.

  17. Cristine Mason

    They have opened a couple factory stores near me- the outlet version of gap and banana republic. Cheaper price point but still nice styling. To me, its the best of both worlds and they are always busy so i wonder if they will keep growing those while trimming the more traditional format stores.

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