Charlotte Russe joins other retail chains in filing for bankruptcy; Valencia store to close

Signs advertising the store closing sales hang at Charlotte Russe at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Cory Rubin/The Signal

Close to 100 Charlotte Russe stores will soon shut down, including the Santa Clarita Valley’s only location.  

Earlier this week, an employee of the Westfield Valencia Town Center locale said the store will soon close but could not confirm when. By Friday, signs announcing sales and the closure were hung across the storefront.

This comes after the San Diego-based fashion retailer for women filed for bankruptcy Sunday, after attempting incurring millions in debt, according to a news release. Plans include to shut down 94 of its more than 500 stores and put itself up for sale.

The company said if it fails to find a buyer by Feb. 17, it will plan to fully liquidate Charlotte Russe, which has more than 8,700 employees.

The next closest Charlotte Russe to the Santa Clarita Valley is located at the Northridge Fashion Center in the San Fernando Valley.

The young women’s fashion company joins a list of other recent chains that have filed for bankruptcy, including Gymboree, Mattress Firm and Claire’s.

The retail sector finished 2018 with a new record for store closures in square footage. Companies declared vacating a total of 145 million square feet of space by the end of last year, which surpassed the 105-million square feet of space for 2017, according to data from research group CoStar.

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Tammy Murga

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Tammy Murga covers city hall and business for The Signal. She joined in the summer of 2018, previously working in Northern California as an assistant editor and reporter for the Lake County Record-Bee. In 2016, she graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles. Have a story tip? Message her on Twitter or at tmurga@signalscv.com.