Thursday, November 20, 2008


Since it is that time of year, it might be helpful..... I wanted to give everyone a heads up that if you tend to give gift cards around the holidays, you need to be careful that the cards will be honored after the holidays. Stores that are planning to close after Christmas are still selling the cards through the holidays even though the cards will be worthless January 1.

There is no law preventing them from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as Bankrupcy Planning. Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be cautious about.

Circuit City (filed Chapter 11)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide closing

Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 stores nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down specialty stores

J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots)

Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots)

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick )

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores


Kelly Jene said...

No way! What a ripoff! That should be outlawed. Grrrr.

Thanks for the heads up though, I'll pass it along.

austere said...


happyone said...

I wouldn't have a problem because when I get a gift card I go and buy something right away! :-)

Really though, thanks for the warning.

Brad said...

WOW, I've heard about stores going out of business on the news but when you look at that list it really seems scary to have that many retailers in that bad a shape - YIKES!

The Window Watcher said...

I'm not surprised......The economy's hell.

Martha said...

I got an e-mail last week with the same message and was very glad that my husband and I decided not to buy gift cards this year. We've been shopping around town buying actualy gifts. It takes more time and effort, but it's been fun! And as I was reading your blog, I heard "Living in Oblivion" playing in your Playlist and started cracking up. I remember dancing to that with my older sister when we were kids!

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Seeing all these stores shutting down is frightening too! Have a happy Thanksgiving despite it all!