Charlotte Russe Holdings Corp. Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Plans to Close 94 Stores in U.S.

by Alex Tostado

San Diego — Charlotte Russe Holdings Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware.

The San Diego-based retailer announced Monday that it plans to close 94 of its more than 500 locations in the United States, while continuing to pursue a going-concern sale of the business and assets. Charlotte Russe said it will provide details of the closings at a later date.

Charlotte Russe offers fast-fashion clothing, shoes and accessories for young women in the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

In the meantime, all locations, web services and the 10 Peek Kids locations, which Charlotte Russe Holdings acquired in 2016, will remain available to customers.

An undisclosed debtor has committed a maximum of $50 million to Charlotte Russe Holdings. If approved by the court, the financing will support Charlotte Russe Holdings’ operations and administration during the Chapter 11 proceedings. According to court documents, the company could begin liquidating the business entirely if a buyer ultimately doesn’t emerge.

Although the company didn’t identify the stores that will be closing, USA Today has complied a full list.

Cooley LLP is serving as Charlotte Russe Holdings’ legal counsel, Berkeley Research Group is serving as its financial adviser and Guggenheim Securities LLC is serving as its investment banker. Charlotte Russe was founded in 1975 and employs 8,744 workers, 1,412 of whom are full-time employees.

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