The Ascena Group that owns Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant, Catherine's, and Justice is restructuring in Chapter 11 and has announced a bunch of store closures. I think we've discussed the bankruptcy here before but I hadn't seen a specific list of locations closing until now. All of the Catherine's stores are closing but the brand is going to continue online. Here's a list of the closing locations so far for each brand:
Ann Taylor, AT Factory Store, Loft, Loft Factory Store, Lou & Grey
The 'outlet mall' closest to me is closing both its AT Factory Store and its Loft Factory Store - not a big surprise since it's about 1/3 empty already. I'm not sure that outlet malls are going to survive given all the changes in the way people shop in recent years; I feel like COVID might be the last blow for them.