More than 225 Gap and Banana Republic stores will close this year
- Gap Inc. is closing more than 225 Gap and Banana Republic stores this year, it said in its earnings release on Thursday.
- The company was already planning on closing a number of stores this year, but the 225 figure is larger than originally planned.
- Gap’s net sales were down 28% for the quarter, while Banana Republic’s net sales were down 52%.
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Gap Inc. said in its quarterly earnings release on Thursday that it expects to close more than 225 Gap and Banana Republic stores globally this year, with more closures to come in 2021.
As of August 1, there were 1,643 Gap and Banana Republic stores. The 225 closures are net of new store openings. A number of these stores have already closed for good.
In total, Gap Inc. operates 3,814 store locations in 42 countries, including stores under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, and Janie and Jack brands.
Executives said on the earnings call that since the closures are affecting the Gap and Banana Republic brands, many of the shuttering stores are located in malls.
They said the company would provide more details during a virtual investor meeting on …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]