Gymboree to close 350 stores nationwide

Gymboree Shutting Down 350 Stores Including Fayetteville

Gymboree Shutting Down 350 Stores Including Fayetteville

The Crazy 8 store at Gateway Mall in Lincoln also will close.

Gymboree Corp. announced the closure of about 350 of its almost 1,300 stores on Wednesday, part of the company's bankruptcy restructuring.

Gymboree is closing two Seattle locations, a Olympia location and a Union Gap location.

A number of other Gymboree and Janie and Jack stores are also being closed throughout CT and NY.

Gymboree plans to begin store closings July 18.

In Connecticut, the Gymboree store closings include locations at Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester and Meriden Square Mall in Meriden. Other stores that have been shuttered include Gap, Deb Store, Radio Shack and Hallmark.

If you're a Gymboree shopper, stock up now, because the Boise store will close soon. It is joined by Macy's, Payless, J.C. Penney and more. The goal, it said, is a "right-size store base".

It's not all dour news at the mall. "We're anxious to make way for some new space that can be filled by new and better and improved stores".

In an effort to attract more shoppers, Leonard said, the mall has created a more family-friendly atmosphere by installing small-sized tables and chairs for children where WiFi and a charging station are available and by creating a private "Mommy's Room" for nursing mothers featuring a kids' activity center.

Gymboree said in a court filing that it will start closing stores later this month with most of the affected locations closing their doors by the end of September; some will stay open through January.

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