- In Indiana, Chronister Pharmacy is losing its last outlet. This location has been active for 58 years, and has gone from being a family-run business to a division of Kroger. Customers are being directed to Walgreen's.
- Bromberg & Co., a 110-year-old jeweler in Birmingham, Alabama, has closed its 46-year-old retail store in reaction to the economy.
- Midwestern men's retailer Al Baskin has filed for bankruptcy and closed its Mark Shale store. It is keeping three Chicago stores open and closing all of its out-of-state locations in April.
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Famed luxury goods purveyor Tiffany might look immune to the recession but actually they are in a world of trouble. "Net income fell to $31.1 million, or 25 cents per share, down from $127.4 million," for one thing; these costs are associated with store closing and with layoffs. So what's Tiffany's solution? More layoffs! "Tiffany plans to offer early retirement packages to 800 of its employees in the U.S., and cut 10% of its staff worldwide." Great plan.
The economic downturn is hitting local stores especially hard. Saddest among those affected are the decades-old establishments suddenly facing bankruptcy or liquidation. Recent news affects regional chains with long histories:
- Cincinnati: luggage store Bankhardt's is closing. The store is 130 years old and has inhabited the same location since 1935. The business owner sold the building and is moving on. Interestingly, three splinter stores with the same name will continue to operate.
- The 16-store jewelry chain Robbins Brothers filed for bankruptcy after struggling during the recession. Robbins Bros' history dates to the 1920s, in Seattle, before moving to California and ultimately expanding to four states.
- In the Pacific Northwest, Joe's Sports and Outdoor is operating during a restructuring. The 30-store chain is owned by a private equity firm that filed as a strategic move. Joe's first opened in 1952 as a military surplus store.