Dressbarn 'winding down' retail operations
West Bend, Brookfield stores to close

Freeman Staff

May 22, 2019

WEST BEND — Dressbarns across the country, including stores in West Bend and Brookfield, will begin steps to wind down their retail operations. The announcement made in a press release said about 650 stores will be affected.

“For more than 50 years, Dressbarn has served women’s fashion needs, and we thank all of our dedicated associates for their commitment to Dressbarn and our valued customers,” said Dressbarn Chief Financial Officer Steven Taylor in a press release. “This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment. During the wind down process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great experience both in-store and online, offering them even better deals and value. We will work to assist our associates through the transition and maintain existing relationships with our vendors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders through this process.”

Taylor said that the stores are open and conducting business as usual. A woman who answered the phone at the West Bend store said she did not know when the store would close for good.

Customers can continue to shop at Dressbarn instore and online and use Dressbarn-branded credit cards for purchases. There are no current changes to Dressbarn’s return, refund or gift card policies, according to the press release.

Dressbarn has retained A& G Realty Partners to assist on real estate-related matters.

Dressbarn associates will be notified when decisions are made about specific store closures and provided with transition support. Dressbarn intends to continue paying its vendors and suppliers in full in the ordinary course for products and services provided to Dressbarn during its wind down process, the press release said.

Troy Taylor, president of financial advisory and investment banking firm Algon Group, has been appointed as independent director to the Board of Directors of The Dress Barn, Inc.