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Payless Prepares For Bankruptcy, Plans Store Closures

Posted at 8:53 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 08:54:36-05

(CNBC)– Payless ShoeSource is preparing for its second bankruptcy, which could come as soon as within two weeks, a person familiar with the situation told CNBC.

As part of the bankruptcy process, Payless is looking for buyers for its real estate, which could include selling large blocks of stores in certain areas of the country. If it cannot find buyers, it may need to shutter the majority, if not all, of its North American stores, the person said.

The person cautioned that plans remain in flux and it is still possible that Payless could avoid a bankruptcy filing, potentially by finding a buyer for the entire company.

Payless filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2017 and closed nearly 400 stores. The retailer currently has more than 2,700 North American stores, according to its website.