CUMBERLAND – After saying two weeks ago that they had no plans to close their remaining curtain and tub stores, representatives for Cumberland-based Ann & Hope now plan to close all eight outlets remaining sales.
The Breeze confirmed the plan, which is revealed to employees this morning.
Homeowners, who had considered their options in light of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, are still studying the possibility of keeping garden center locations open. This is not bankruptcy, but a decision that will be enforced over time.
âDue to the significant economic impact caused by the unprecedented public health crisis of COVID-19, Ann & Hope made the difficult decision to permanently cease operations at Curtain & Bath Outlet in New England over the past three to three. next four months, âthe company said. founding family, the Chases, announced Monday.
The Breeze reported two weeks ago after an executive at the company said it would not close. Three of the brand’s 11 stores had seen closings announced in Massachusetts, Cindy Boulet said, but eight more would remain open.
But in recent days, customers have reported sterile aisles at outlets and closed garden stores have sparked further speculation about a closure.
Known as “America’s first large discount department store” with a low cost self-service model linked to the rise of large retailers, Ann & Hope was founded in 1953. Prior to starting their own business, the founder of Walmart , Sam Walton, and Harry Cunningham of Kmart each came to Rhode Island to study Ann & Hope’s pioneering department store concept. At its peak, Ann & Hope employed 3,000 associates across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Ann & Hope will permanently close all curtain and bathtub outlets
A store closing sale is scheduled to begin July 9, and each of the 11 outlet stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut are expected to close by the end of the summer.
âIt was an extremely difficult decision, but after carefully considering all of our available options, it became clear that it was inevitable,â said Ron Dore, vice president of Ann & Hope. âThe unprecedented economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 public health crisis, combined with more consumers turning to online shopping alternatives, has created a retail environment that does not is simply more sustainable for many local businesses like ours. “
âWe are extremely proud of all that we have been able to accomplish in Rhode Island and southern New England since our founding in 1953,â added Dore. âWe want to express our sincere gratitude to each of our associates, whose daily dedication to making the shopping experience special for our millions of customers over the years has helped make Ann & Hope the unique company that we are. will always be proud. of and always remember.
Ann & Hope intends to retain its employees for as long as its business allows and will also endeavor to introduce its associates to businesses in the area offering employment opportunities.