Teen fashion retailer Forever 21, which filed for bankruptcy in the fall, is shutting down more than a dozen locations in California next month, according to the company’s filings with the state. More than 500 people will lose their jobs.
Four Bay Area stores will close by Jan. 5. In San Francisco at the Stockton Street store, 72 workers will lose their jobs, while 57 workers at San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center, 35 at Fairfield’s Solano mall and 13 in San Rafael’s Northgate mall will be affected.
Stores in San Jose’s Oakridge mall, Concord’s Sun Valley mall and San Bruno’s The Shops at Tanofran had also been on a list of possible closures in the Bay Area, but the company has not filed any notices of job cuts at those locations as required by the state’s WARN Act.
The privately held Los Angeles-based company has not returned a request for comment Tuesday.
The California location with the highest number of employees affected is Newport Beach, where 109 workers are losing their jobs. In Salinas, 43 workers will be affected. Several stores in Southern California will also close, affecting dozens more workers, for a total of 515 jobs lost in the state.
When it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid an ongoing retail meltdown, the company said it planned to close international locations, mostly in Asia and Europe, and 178 U.S. stores, about a third of its locations nationwide. In October, the company said it was negotiating with landlords and hoped to keep open some of the U.S. stores on its list of potential closings. Elsewhere in the nation and in Canada, Forever 21 stores have been closing or are set to close by the end of the year.