The rugged retail year, which already has seen Pier 1 leave the market with J.C. Penney soon to follow, has two more casualties.
Justice stores at Mount Berry Mall and at Calhoun Outlet Marketplace are closing as part of a national shutdown. The Kennesaw and Marietta stores are closing as is the one in Gadsden, Ala. The mall and outlet stores are advertising discounts of 40 to 60 percent as the liquidation sale continues.
USA Today reports the parent company, Ascena Retail Group, has filed for bankruptcy. According to court records, Ascena intends to “transition Justice to a primarily online platform.”
All eyes are on what’s coming in at East Bend on the former Kmart site off Turner McCall in Rome. Five Below is confirmed while talk continues about Kohl’s.
Also on the plus side: Humble Pie Boutique, showcasing “nothing over $15.99,” has returned to Rome at 216 Broad St. Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.
The original store closed in January 2018.