The early months of the year are always a time of retail turnover, and this year is no exception. Several closing sales are underway at Mall of America, representing the end of the road for some past-their-prime mall brands.
Marbles: The Brain Store
This is going to make it tougher to get my kids to the mall. The store designed to celebrate the benefits of play is closing all of its stores nationwide after a disappointing holiday season. It could continue online, under different ownership—the website and intellectual property are for sale. For now, take advantage of 25 to 40 percent off all remaining toys and games.
216 North Garden
BCBG and BCBGeneration
Yet another over extended fashion brand shuttering stores, BCBG is closing its stand alone stores in the U.S., including Mall of America. Of course, you can still get your dress fix at the department stores, which no doubt was a factor in the struggle. Also on the chopping block: BCBG’s little sister brand, BCBGeneration. I just recently suggested this store to the mother of a teen girl who was looking for a dress. They’d never heard of it. And that right there is the problem. Liquidation sales are on now at both locations.
BCBG, 140 South Avenue
BCBGeneration, 221 North Garden
The end is near for American Apparel, one of the most epic retail rise and fall tales in recent years. The company was sold, and all stores are closing. While there is no “store closing” sign at the Mall of America, the entire store is 40 percent off.
186 North Garden
On the local front, long time Twin Cities retailer Len Druskin closed all of its discount-oriented Len stores last week, including the Mall of America location. RIP, Len.