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GYMBOREE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY... Children's clothing retailer Gymboree is closing its Stanford Shopping Center store as part of a companywide shutdown of all its Gymboree stores over the next few months. The San Francisco-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan. 17, according to an announcement from Gymboree Group. This is the second time since June 2017 the company has filed for bankruptcy. The shutdown will include all 534 of its Gymboree stores, as well as its Gymboree Outlet and Crazy 8 stores. Its Janie and Jack branded stores are expected to be sold through bankruptcy court auction, according to the company's website."We intend to use these proceedings to facilitate an orderly wind-down of all of our Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet and Crazy 8 store locations and operations," CEO Shaz Kahng said in a prepared statement on the company website. All Gymboree sites launched going-out-of-business sales at the end of January and stopped issuing merchandise credit on Feb. 1. All gift cards will be eligible to be redeemed until Feb. 16, according to the company website. —L.T.

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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

I am very sorry to see Gymboree close. I remember taking my toddlers to the classes in various locations, usually churches, and buying the clothes. They were always very well made and practical designs and a trip to the shop always involved watching a Gymbo the clown video. Gymbo was a favorite stuffed clown in our house and singing his song was a regular activity with babies and toddlers at home.

As for UnTuckit, I have heard good reports of them and will definitely check them out.

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Posted by Not Surprised
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm

I'm sorry to see Gymboree close as they made good quality children's clothing for the price range. I am also not surprised given how poor the customer service was and how badly the floor-level and online people dealt with the corporate-level promotions. The online and floor were hard to search for what one needed. I don't have children that age, but I would have bought gifts for others there. It's a shame. People are going to bemoan the fate of brick and mortar stores (and why aren't they getting a tax break the way internet companies did?), but many of these closures could be seen coming many miles away. Like Sears, I think it's likely that management level never really shopped in their own stores and do not really know what the customer experience is. (My apologies to Gymboree, I am not really comparing your difficult website to the far worse Sears site -- amazing that Sears hung on as long as they did with a site that seemed designed to confuse and send people away frustrated, or to make them lose time and not get their items in the end after waiting for them a long time.)

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