Mall-Based Apparel Chain Vanity to Shutter All 137 Store Locations in 27 States

by Nellie Day

FARGO, N.D. — Vanity Shop of Grand Forks is shuttering all 137 of its Vanity stores throughout 27 states. Tiger Capital Group is conducting the going-out-of-business sale, which is now underway.

The Fargo-based clothing store has roots dating back to the 1950s. The announcement follows the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 1 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota.

The chain offers discount women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. The heaviest concentration of stores is in the Midwest, particularly Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio. The stores average 3,000 square feet in size and are mostly located in malls.

“The company’s difficult decision to close all stores is emblematic of the pressures facing mall-based specialty apparel retailers in the wake of ever-increasing competition from big-box ‘fast fashion’ chains and e-commerce sites,” says Michael McGrail, COO of Tiger Group.

Tiger will also liquidate store fixtures and equipment, as well as furniture, fixtures and equipment from the company’s distribution centers.

— Nellie Day

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