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Abercrombie & Fitch to Close 56 Stores
retail integration.com ^ | 12/15/11 | stuff

Posted on 02/15/2011 8:25:03 AM PST by Nachum

Abercrombie & Fitch has had strong financial results since mid-2010, but it was one of the slowest major retailers to respond to the new reality of the recession, and as a result its recovery lagged far behind most of its competitors.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abercrombie; close; fitch; stores

1 posted on 02/15/2011 8:25:07 AM PST by Nachum
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2 posted on 02/15/2011 8:26:25 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

3 posted on 02/15/2011 8:29:25 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: Nachum
I hate everything about these stores, and I pass mental judgement on children who wear the clothing and on the parents who allow the children to wear the clothing.

It's the mentality that breeds Lindsay Lohan wannabes.

4 posted on 02/15/2011 8:29:34 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (BO + MB = BOMB -- The One will make sure they get one.)
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To: Nachum

Abercrombie & Fitch to Close 56 Stores

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Oh Noes!

13 year old girls are weeping.


5 posted on 02/15/2011 8:31:21 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I remember when you could tell college freshman by all the A&F gear. Wearing an A&F T was like wearing your high school letter jacket.


6 posted on 02/15/2011 8:34:33 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
13 year old girls are weeping.

...as are pedophiles.

7 posted on 02/15/2011 8:34:56 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 756 of our national holiday from reality. - is it 3 AM yet?)
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To: Nachum
Where in the world will the next generation of metro sexual buy his clothing?


8 posted on 02/15/2011 8:35:29 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Nachum

Well, the answer must be that A&C needs even more child/teen pornography in their ads!


9 posted on 02/15/2011 8:36:49 AM PST by Obadiah (Always look out for #1... and don't step in number two.)
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To: Nachum

No great loss there - good riddance!


10 posted on 02/15/2011 8:39:22 AM PST by cblue55 (Envisioning when all that is left is the right.)
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To: Nachum
Spoof
11 posted on 02/15/2011 8:39:40 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’m 31 and A&F hit its stride when I was in college. I never understood why kids would spend their parents’ money on torn jeans at $100 when you could get the same jeans (sans holes) for $30 and rough them up to achieve the same effect.

Then again, I’m conservative and utilitarian. I don’t see a need for “metro” clothing when jeans and a t-shirt work just fine for bumming around the house or at Home Depot.


12 posted on 02/15/2011 8:40:43 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

First,the BEBS and now this.Oh,the humanity!


13 posted on 02/15/2011 8:41:06 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Nachum

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving retail chain. IIRC, they’ve been behind much of the sexualization of the youth in advertisement and in spite of complaints continued. Seems they are quite open about homosexual perversion too...but my memory is foggy on that one. Hope they collapse completely


14 posted on 02/15/2011 8:41:40 AM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: Nachum

The birth certificate thing didn’t help. :)


15 posted on 02/15/2011 8:42:07 AM PST by Anima Mundi (If you try to fail and you succeed , what have you just done?)
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To: Nachum

At one time, Abercrombie & Fitch dealt with upper class British sportswear—what we would call preppie clothes. Very proper raincoats. And things like shooting sticks—I remember my mother-in-law had one of those for when she went on a bird shoot.

Then came the revolution, and they went metrosexual on us, if not gay/transgendered. Too bad. They used to be kind of like Brooks Brothers was in the old days, only more so.

The cultural revolution of the 60s has a lot to answer for.


16 posted on 02/15/2011 8:42:34 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Obadiah
Well, the answer must be that A&C needs even more child/teen pornography in their ads!
 
 
That explains why Hollister must be doing so well these days...
 
 



17 posted on 02/15/2011 8:43:07 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Nachum

I’m waiting for the manufacturer of those sweats with ‘Juicy’ on the seat to go belly up next.


18 posted on 02/15/2011 8:44:47 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Nachum

Haven’t had any use for A&F since the stopped selling Webly and Scott shotguns.


19 posted on 02/15/2011 8:49:08 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Lazlo in PA
Where in the world will the next generation of metro sexual buy his clothing?

You lost me after "next generation."

20 posted on 02/15/2011 8:50:53 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Nachum

Too bad for Pornography and Fitch.


21 posted on 02/15/2011 8:51:33 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Nachum

Only 56 stores? Too bad.

Live by fads, die by fads. Too stupid to realize that in this segment there is zero customer loyalty. Loyalty is to being only what’s “cool,” and “cool” is as temporary and fleeting as the value of the nihilism and hedonism that are its traveling partners.

Not quite a way to build a business that will last.


22 posted on 02/15/2011 8:52:24 AM PST by CatholicEagle (There are more airplanes on the bottom of the ocean than submarines in the sky.)
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To: Nachum

Good, their over priced and sexualize teens.


23 posted on 02/15/2011 8:53:09 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: rarestia

Anything they had could be found at Goodwill for 5~10% of the price.


24 posted on 02/15/2011 8:53:28 AM PST by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: Nachum

No tears here.


25 posted on 02/15/2011 8:54:37 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Too bad for Pornography and Fitch.

You mean Ambercrombie & Filth.

26 posted on 02/15/2011 8:54:57 AM PST by hoagy62 (I am a optimistic pessimist. I am positive that the world is going to Hell.)
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To: hoagy62

Maybe :)


27 posted on 02/15/2011 8:55:52 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: thulldud

yep.. I would look through their store every once in a while, while I was at the mall. I never saw one darn thing for this old guy.. that booming music and the perfume in the air? yuk... Understandably, I wasn’t in their targeted demographic.

I buy my jeans at Walmart..Wrangler... great, sturdy jeans. Honestly, I can’t stand the thought of paying that much money for a shirt or a pair of jeans.


28 posted on 02/15/2011 8:56:27 AM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“Haven’t had any use for A&F since the stopped selling Webly and Scott shotguns.”

....not to mention that at one time they were one of the biggest sellers of Winchester Model 21s...btw, I’ve still got my Dad’s brown waxed cotton hunting coat that he bought there in before WW2.

....if I ever get to travel in a time machine, I’m going to set the dial to the 1920s-1930s with a big pocket full of cash and head to NYC....back when A&F was A&F and Brooks Brothers was Brooks Brothers.


29 posted on 02/15/2011 8:57:57 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: Cicero
Then came the revolution, and they went metrosexual on us, if not gay/transgendered. Too bad. They used to be kind of like Brooks Brothers was in the old days, only more so.

The fact is that the old company went bankrupt and the name was eventually sold to Limited Brands in 1988, who created the new version. For a few years they had phenomenal success with it, then spun it out as an independent company with an IPO.

The fact that they're closing 56 stores isn't particularly notable, given that they have over a thousand locations. And their sales were actually up 18% over the previous year.

30 posted on 02/15/2011 8:58:11 AM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Cicero
A&F reinvented themselves and became a trendy campus brand. I checked out a couple of their stores, and shirts that I feared would fall apart in my hands were $75-$150. However, the college kids loved them, and they spent the money for them. The thing about campus trends, though, is they are trends, and A&F should have started reinventing itself about five years ago, if they wanted to remain relevant. The heroin chic cutting edge thing is old hat, now.

FWIW, my youngest daughter (runs a daycare now) was one of the original vampire goths. She bought a pair of Doc Martin's when the only place to get them was the Neo-Nazi stores.(basically the old hippie head shops that converted to Neo-Nazism when tie dyed T shirts quit selling.) The first time she saw a pair of Doc Martin's in a mall, she took them off and never wore them again.

31 posted on 02/15/2011 8:59:08 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Hope & Change.


32 posted on 02/15/2011 9:01:06 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Good Lord, according to that picture I can only assume disco has returned. The time for rejoice/repentance (not sure which) has arrived!


33 posted on 02/15/2011 9:15:42 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Nachum

That’s a good start. May I suggest they begin with the ones in Washington state?


34 posted on 02/15/2011 9:17:46 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate.)
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To: Nachum

I’ve never purchased anything from A&F. I wasn’t raised to be brand conscious and my husband and I aren’t raising our kids to be brand conscious. I love that my kids are bargain shoppers. They know not to even ask for ridiculously priced clothes.


35 posted on 02/15/2011 9:25:35 AM PST by RoseyT
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To: Nachum
I guess their customer's parents ran out of money.
36 posted on 02/15/2011 9:47:21 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Nachum

Loud, dark caves for teenagers. Nothing in there the adult paying for the teen clothing would wear.


37 posted on 02/15/2011 10:46:26 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Nachum

When all the clothing you carry is geared to the youngest adult population who make the least money....you get less customers, as more of their extra money is now going into the gas tank and for higher food prices.


38 posted on 02/16/2011 7:14:17 AM PST by GailA (2012 rally cry DEMOCRATS and RINOS are BAD for the USA!)
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To: Nachum

Couldn’t happen to a better company.


39 posted on 02/16/2011 11:27:39 AM PST by DallasDeb
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