1600 Stores Including LOFT, Justice, Catherine’s, Lane Bryant, & Ann Taylor Closing

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The Ascena Retail Group is the latest of many retail giants to wave the white flag of bankruptcy in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Ascena is the parent company to several prominent stores including LOFT, Ann Taylor, Justice, Lane Bryant, Catherine’s and more.

The New Jersey-based group is planning to permanently shutter 1600 of their stores throughout the various brands, with Justice being hit the hardest. They are planning to close over 600 of the tween store locations. Lane Bryant is also heavily impacted with 150+ stores on the list to liquidate, which includes their outlet stores. While less in numbers, Catherine will be closing all of its locations.

Loft storefront

While not bearing the brunt of the bankruptcy, LOFT will still sustain some damage as it intends to close 30 of its 666 stores and outlets. In addition, we can expect to see 38 of Ann Taylor’s 291 brick and mortar stores liquidated and shut down.

This bankruptcy will not affect any merchandise credits, gift cards, or credit card and loyalty programs for the brands, but you might want to spend any gift cards or credits for Catherine’s soon!

Huge discounts are being offered online!

As a result of these impending store shutdowns, several Ascena brands are now offering huge discounts for online shoppers:

  • Ann Taylor – offering an extra 60 – 70% off everything plus free shipping with code ULTIMATE
  • LOFT – offering 60% off everything plus free shipping with code CYBER
  • Lane Bryant – offering Buy One, Get TWO Free on Clearance
  • Catherines – offering 40-60% off select apparel and accessories
  • Justice – offering an extra 50% off all clearance

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Comments 47

  1. wifeandmomof3

    I finally found Justice before this all hit. Sad. Times are really changing.

    • Tracy Spencer

      I’m so upset. Their clothes fit my granddaughter perfectly because she is very tall for her age. Very disappointed

  2. Lana

    Catherine’s online store will not be closing. I got an email today.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Lana!

  3. Julie

    666 stores??? Kinda creepy

    • Sue

      I agree

    • Lora

      I thought the same.

  4. Krissy

    Our Justice is closing and all of them within 2 hours of us are too.My tween loved that there was store just for her. at least .com will still open for business.

    • Amanda

      You can find justice stuff in T.J.Maxx

  5. runnergirl838

    Nooo! Loft? Although I will say in the past few years I don’t like anything there anymore. Gone are the days of their fabulous pants and basic tees and tops. Now it’s wild prints. 🙁 Bring back the basics Loft!

  6. Shoppingfan

    My Justice store closed back in April. We were on lockdown but it went away!

  7. Kk-h

    Are we going to have any more stores left to shop at, physically? Sad

    • perfectlyoutgrown

      We’ll have Walmart and Target 😕

      • Tracy

        That was the goal, and they nailed it!

        • Brenda

          👆this right here. I totally agree

        • DealAddict

          Part of the reason I refuse to buy all the crappy Amazon clothes

          • Shoppingfan

            Same but for me, is that I don’t shop there at ALL! I try my best to always support B & M. During shutdown, we didn’t need many items so I don’t buy but now I do many Curbside pick ups to help out! I knew it would happen one day though.

    • E

      Nope. None. Isn’t that amazon’s goal?

  8. Mrswheels

    Does anyone know if the Justice stores that are closing will have closing sales ?

    • SamShops

      Mine that is closing is everything 40-60% off right now. Go to the Justice website, when you enter your zip code-it will tell you.

  9. Tracy

    This was the plan from the get go. And they nailed it. We all wear masks that wouldn’t save you from literally ANYTHING. like super special Americans.

    • Joan

      I don’t understand what you are trying to say?

      • Tracy

        What I’m trying to say is, Americans are super special, in that nothing applies to them. We are better than everyone else. Or you just don’t watch the news.

      • Tracy

        Do your shopping at walmart. Idc. But dont you dare think that this is fault of this shitty govt, its OUR FAULT!!! BE SMARTER!!!! WE DONT HAVE TO FALL FOR THEIR BS, BUT WE DO. IN OVERWHELMING NUMBERS. THATS HOW WE GOT HERE!!

        • T

          Wow. That took a crazy turn! lol

          • Tracy

            You’re right, I was wrong. My apologies.

  10. shop4mybabies

    In my city at least, every single one of these stores was faltering before covid. justice, lane bryant and catherines all closed in the neighboring city. justice closed in all but one mall that i go to…i go to 4. Covid was the icing on the cake for many of these faltering businesses but not the catalyst. Very sad in any case that so many won’t have a job.

  11. Vanessa K

    Are the cicique (the undergarments store next to lane Bryant) closing too?

  12. Evie

    All of the stores are struggling because the merchandise is junky! The prices go up and quality goes down!
    Start sewing! It is easy to do and you will learn valuable skills!
    I am appalled at the junk they call clothing and the empty calories called food!

    • Casey

      Yea, ok. Let me just sew all of my work clothes…..

    • Maria

      Haha sewing all clothes definitely not but shopping thrift and vintage definitely!!

    • MommySpendsLess

      It’s great that you have the time and skills to sew your own clothes.
      But easy is a relative term. Computers and algebra have always come pretty easily to me but figuring out the workings of even the simplest mechanical things and how the pieces of household items fit together is difficult. Sewing and crafts are usually frustrating for me. In a pinch I can hand sew a simple line or re-attach a button but it would take me years to become proficient enough to create a button down blouse and slacks that I could wear to work. Depending on brand/sales I can purchase those items with what I earn in about 4 hours of working.
      Some foods are empty calories but I’m actually seeing more nutritious and natural foods available at typical grocery stores.

      • Evie

        I am sorry. Did not mean all have time or inclination to sew. I am only patching and altering at this time.
        I only buy used if the price is right!
        I think people have a lot of clothes and other things they can use.
        That way as the globalists keep raising prices the people can trade or make do with what they have.
        I feel sorry for the workers but not for corporations who raise prices to help shareholders.
        If jobs stayed here and quality was increased the money would at least be benefitting the workers and middle class.

  13. DealAddict

    Part of the reason I refuse to buy all the crappy Amazon clothes

  14. BeckyReads

    Old stores close. New stores open. It’s a bummer if one of your faves closes, but not a sign of the end times. Things change, otherwise we’d all still be ordering our clothes through Sears magazine delivered on Pony Express 😉

    You can still get tons of these brands on the online thrift stores like ThredUp, Swap, and Poshmark, BTW, if you’re looking for something specific. Hope that helps!

    • Maria

      I love thredup! I never shop retailers anymore, but feel for those who are losing their jobs. Wasn’t justice the store that got in trouble for toxic chemicals like cadmium in the jewelry and clothing? Maybe they will be replaced with something better.

    • weml

      Exactly… things change. Supply and demand. I’m not sure why some people lose their minds at this.

  15. Sallys

    It is a stressful time for all of the retail workers and their families. I do not shop these stores as I mostly buy second hand. Quality items can be found, and it can be a fun search.

  16. alh071

    Sucks. Justice is one of the only stores that sells cute plus size tween clothing.

    • Tray

      From what I understand, Justice stores will be closing but you will still be able to shop online.

  17. Errrr

    Ann Taylor used to be an aspirational brand in my mid-20s 15 years ago. It had classic, polished, timeless, quality clothing. Then it went downhill around 2008 with trendy styles, low quality $168 polyester dresses that were dry clean only, and sweaters that pill easily. Everything is marked up, and the whole store is 40% off quite frequently. I, for one, am tired of the mark-up games. It has continued its downhill trend to this day, so I am not surprised to learn about its current state. That said, I do feel bad for affected employees.

  18. LJ

    How do you get the extra 50% off online justice clearance prices? The clearance prices aren’t 50% never mind an extra 50% off. Is there a coupon code needed for this deal I’m missing? Thanks!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      On their site, go to ‘sale’ and then ‘clearance’. Right now, I don’t see a lot of big markdowns, yet.

      • Lj

        Thanks! I had done that but looks like most things were less than 50% off.

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

          I do find that if places are going to have clearance, it can change daily. You may want to keep checking back.

  19. Ryan Ann

    I am really worried about this. I am losing weight and my size keeps changing. I am afraid to try on clothes right now because of covid but what am I going to do because I will be in and out of sizes. I am 340 pounds right now and work a professional job. I need to try stuff on. I used to weigh over 450 pounds and was wearing a lot of stretch pants to work and looked stupid and ugly and horrible. I don’t want to shop online because I don’t feel comfortable paying for anything online and I can’t try anything online. I live in Saginaw, MI and the only other plus size store I know of is Lane Bryant and there stuff is VERY pricey and kind of ugly. Catherines had great clothes most of the time. Also I wear a 4 x (sometimes a 3x but not very often). I am freaking out because of this store closing and I don’t even feel comfortable trying clothes on again, due to friggin covid. I don’t know what to do and right now I guess I will have to dress fat and sloppy even though I am trying to lose weight (I have a few cute clothes that fit ok but not many. I guess I am ready for a change and now I am not going to get it). I also have severe lymphodema/swelling in my legs which I am also working on so I am self concious about clothes and need to try clothes on. Uggghhh:(:(:( I give up :):(:(

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