If you like a good bargain (and let's face it, who doesn't?) then you should hurry on over to Gymboree. Amid recent reports that the kid's clothing company is closing all of their stores, they've already begun to slash prices to start moving inventory. Since parents are still looking for a good bargain post holiday, it is a sound decision on their part, even if right now they're not calling it a "going out of business sale." Starting a sale with all items between 30 and 50 percent off is most definitely a good sale, no matter what they're choosing to call it.
"We will wind-down our Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet and Crazy 8 businesses and close those stores. At the same time, we are focused on using this process to preserve Janie and Jack by pursuing a sale of the business, with the hope that it will continue to serve customers for many years to come," Gymboree Group CEO Shaz Kahng explains in a statement on the company's website.
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It’s been a tough week here at Gymboree. After 40+ years of celebrating childhood with you, we’ve had to make the heartbreaking decision to wind down our business. We can’t thank you enough for letting us be a part of your lives, for all the fun and for sharing your best moments with us. You’ve inspired us every day. #lovegymboree For a message from our CEO, visit the link in our bio. We will continue to share more on store closures as soon as possible.
While they're not explicitly indicating that these are going out of business sales, the writing is very clearly on the wall. Several spots on the website's main page notes that all sales are final. Additionally, any purchases made in-store or online before this past Sunday, January 20th, can only be returned until Friday, February 1st. And free returns are no longer available.
Also as of February 1st, merchandise credits will no longer be issued. If you have any unused merchandise credit, you have until February 17th to redeem it. After that, it will inactive. The GymBucks and Gymboree Rewards programs have also been discontinued as of January 16th. The stores are no longer accepting checks either. For now, gift cards are still usable, as the company has gone to court to seek authorization to accept them for another 30 days. If you have any gift cards, it would be wise to use them ASAP.
From a quick browsing of the Gymboree website, it looks like there are still plenty of items available. Staples like pajamas, jeans, socks and underwear are great things to buy during a sale. They also have a Valentine's Day shop, so if you're into that sort of thing you might want to take a look. Everything in their Cold Weather shop is marked down, which is a great to stock up on things like beanies and gloves for next winter so you're not scrambling. It's such a shame to see the store going out of business, but it's always great to shop a sale.
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