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‘A childhood staple,’ cry customers as popular clothing store & TJ Maxx rival closes all 21 locations with 70% off sales

A POPULAR clothing store is closing its doors – and the news has left customers feeling nostalgic.

Bob’s Stores is shutting down all 21 locations and filing for bankruptcy after 70 years of business.

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Bob’s Stores is closing 21 locations[/caption]

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The store is offering discounts from 30-70% off ahead of the closure[/caption]

The discount retailer is permanently closing its brick-and-mortar spots across the East Coast as the company liquidates inventory, which means major sales in the clothing store’s final days.

Shoppers can find discounts from 30-70% off at remaining locations in “going out of business” sales before the store’s last day on July 14.

However, the deals are doing little to comfort the TJ Maxx’s rival’s loyal customers as they share their outrage at the closure on social media.

“A childhood staple,” one former shopper mourned the store on Facebook.

“Bro everything is crumbling,” another complained.

“I’m not even old yet and I used to get work clothes from Bob’s when I worked at Footaction, Sears, Sports Authority, Just For Feet and Modell’s….also stores that all closed down.”

Bob’s Stores, owned by GoDigital Media Group, sells workwear, shoes, team wear, and “everyday clothing for the whole family.”

In its final days, shoppers can get up to 70% off brands like Nike, Adidas, and Carhartt, and apparel from NFL, NBA, and MLB teams.

Bob’s Stores is closing their doors as they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after being unable to secure finances to continue operations as usual, the company’s President Dave Barton said in a press release.

“We regret that our financial position necessitated the liquidation of Bob’s Stores,” Barton said on July 1.


“Bob’s has been a stalwart of our local communities for nearly 70 years, and we know our customers remember us as having been there for major moments in their lives.

“We remain grateful to our vendors, suppliers, customers and employees for all of their support over the years.”

Some furious shoppers are blaming Amazon’s popularity for the store’s financial troubles.

“Amazon wins again,” one shopper shared on X.

“Amazon kills another business,” another wrote.

Bob’s Stores locations set to close

Bob’s Stores is closing all 21 locations:

  • Ansonia, Connecticut
  • Hamden, Connecticut
  • Manchester, Connecticut
  • Middletown, Connecticut
  • Milford, Connecticut
  • Newington, Connecticut
  • Simsbury, Connecticut
  • Southington, Connecticut
  • Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Waterford, Connecticut
  • Attleboro, Massachusetts
  • Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Middleton, Massachusetts
  • Randolph, Massachusetts
  • Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Salem, New Hampshire
  • Freehold, New Jersey
  • Centereach, New York
  • West Islip, New York
  • Cranston, Rhode Island

The closures have left other shoppers confused as another East Coast-based retailer is similarly called Bob’s Discount Furniture.

The confusion even forced Bob’s Discount Furniture to release a statement explaining to shoppers and the media that “there is no relationship whatsoever between Bob’s Stores and leading furniture retailer Bob’s Discount Furniture.”

Bob’s Stores is the latest chain to close their doors as other retailers across the country are shutting down their locations.

Walgreens is closing 26 stores as the company revealed that up to a quarter of locations could be shuttered.

Bankruptcy fears are rising for Big Lots after the store announced last month that they plan to close up to 40 stores this year.

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