Forever 21 announces tentative deal to come out of bankruptcy, stay open

The deal would allow it to keep stores and e-commerce operations open.

February 03, 2020, 1:24 PM

Fast-fashion chain Forever 21 announced it reached a tentative $81 million agreement with a buyer to come out of bankruptcy and keep its retail and e-commerce stores open.

"Forever 21 filed a motion with the bankruptcy court seeking approval to sell the Forever 21 business to a new owner," Forever 21 told ABC News in a statement Monday.

"Once approved the agreement will allow Forever 21 to come out of bankruptcy, keeping its headquarters, stores and E-commerce operations open, providing fashions and trends that customers know and love for years to come," the statement added.

PHOTO: A general view of the exterior facade of Forever 21 store in Union Square in this  Dec.24, 2013 file photo in New York City.
A general view of the exterior facade of Forever 21 store in Union Square in this Dec.24, 2013 file photo in New York City.
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In a bankruptcy motion, the company revealed Simon Property Group, Brookfield and Authentic Brands Group, and others were among a coalition of buyers bidding $81 million to purchase the once-iconic mall staple.

The mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield are among Forever 21's biggest landlords, the Wall Street Journal reported. Authentic Brands Group is the company that recently swooped in and bought the iconic New York City-based retailer Barneys after it filed for bankruptcy 

Forever 21 announced it was filing for bankruptcy in late September, joining a growing list of brick-and-mortar retail brands that have struggled in recent years with the rise of e-commerce giants and changing consumer tastes.

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