Express files for bankruptcy, plans to close nearly 100 stores as investor group looks to save the brand

Express Inc., a fashion retailer popular among young adults, has filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to close almost 100 of its stores amid significant financial struggles. The bankruptcy filing is the latest blow to the struggling clothing retailer, that like many of its peers, has been hurt by a shift in consumer shopping habits towards online and exacerbated by effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the bankruptcy announcement, the company is hoping to stay in business through a possible acquisition. An investor group has expressed interest in potentially saving the brand, seeking to capitalize on its popularity among young adults. The details of the proposal and the identity of the investor group remain confidential.

This restructuring strategy, if successful, could provide Express with a lifeline, allowing it to reduce its debt, strengthen its balance sheet and improve its overall financial health. However, it would also likely lead to significant cutbacks, store closures, and potentially job losses, impacting many of the company’s employees.

The company has assured its customers that during the restructuring process, their day-to-day customer experience will continue unhindered. All orders and returns are said to proceed as normal, and customer loyalty programs will be honored too.

Despite the uncertain future, Express Inc. remains committed to finding a solution to its financial difficulties and ensuring that the brand continues to be a destination for consumers seeking fashion-forward apparel.

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