There was a rebound in weddings the final two years after the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless it hasn’t been sufficient for David’s Bridal, the biggest bridal retailer in america. The corporate mentioned Monday it filed for Chapter 11 chapter.
David’s Bridal has been harm by a variety of things, together with inflation and competitors from on-line retailers and secondhand retailers. A shift to extra informal weddings has additionally made David’s Bridal’s elaborate attire and robes much less interesting to some brides.
“An rising variety of brides are choosing much less conventional marriage ceremony apparel, together with thrift marriage ceremony attire,” David’s Bridal mentioned in a chapter submitting. “These shifting shopper preferences have considerably exacerbated” the corporate’s monetary crunch.
David’s Bridal has additionally been harm by modifications in how ladies store for marriage ceremony attire.
“The demand for formal marriage ceremony attire, bridesmaid attire, and associated equipment has decreased considerably within the present atmosphere,” the corporate mentioned in its submitting.
Regardless of the bounce again in weddings in 2021 and 2022, they’re nonetheless beneath pre-pandemic ranges, in response to CDC knowledge. And fewer individuals have been getting married over the long term: Marriage charges in america have been declining because the early Eighties, per the company.
David’s Bridal will preserve its practically 300 shops and web site working and fulfill all buyer orders because it searches for a purchaser for the corporate. It is going to additionally honor reward playing cards, returns and exchanges. But when David’s Bridal shouldn’t be capable of finding a purchaser, it may have to shut all shops and liquidate.
The corporate has round 10,000 full and part-time workers, however final week it mentioned it was shedding 9,000 employees.
David’s Bridal, the successor to a bridal retailing enterprise that started as a single bridal salon in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, in 1950, mentioned roughly 25% of brides in america put on considered one of its robes at their marriage ceremony.
That is the retailer’s second chapter in 5 years.
David’s Bridal mentioned it made progress since restructuring its enterprise throughout its earlier chapter, however is “struggling beneath extreme liquidity constraints.”
“Our enterprise continues to be challenged by the post-Covid atmosphere and unsure financial circumstances, main us to take this step to determine a purchaser who can proceed to function our enterprise going ahead,” mentioned David’s Bridal CEO James Marcum in an announcement.
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