Dressbarn is owned by Ascena Retail Group (which also owns Ann Taylor and Loft). Ascena has decided to close all 650 Dressbarn stores in order to focus on its more profitable brands.
Dressbarn has been around for five decades. It has struggled to grow as women steer toward fast-fashion retailers like H&M and Zara, and discount chains like TJ Maxx, Ross Stores, Target, and Amazon.
CNBC reported that Dressbarn customers will be able to continue to shop from the Dressbarn store and the store’s online website as the closures are taking place.
No specific timeframe for the store closures has been revealed. It appears that Ascena Retail Group is going to slowly wind-down Dressbarn rather than close all the stores at once. It is unclear whether or not the Dressbarn website will close when the stores do, or if it will continue to be available.
Fans of Dressbarn can visit the website to see what deals are current. Those who sign up for the Dressbarn email can get a discount on any single regular priced item. The front page of the website is filled with special offers that will only be around for a limited time. At the time the Dressbarn closures were announced, the website was offering deals on summer clothing.
Dressbarn offers sizes from 2 -24. Not every store sells plus-size clothing sizes, so it would be a good idea to seek out another store that also offers plus-size clothing. There’s no way to be certain when your local Dressbarn will close.
Until the closures happen, fans of Dressbarn should make an effort to take advantage of the sales and discounts the store offers. Plan ahead and purchase clothing now for events, meetings, conferences, and vacations that you will be taking in the next few months. Save yourself some money now, before Dressbarn is gone, forever.