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Eating Out - August 7, 2020

Shop Talk

MUJI SHUTTERS AT STANFORD ... Japanese retailer Muji announced on July 31 that it is closing all seven of its California locations, including its store at Stanford Shopping Center, as part of a company restructuring due to the COVID-19 closures. "Muji recently began taking steps to restructure our U.S. business operations. A part of this evolution included the difficult decision to close our California retail locations indefinitely. ... Thank you for eight wonderful years in California," the company stated in a press release. The unexpected closures come just two weeks after the company announced that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 10. "Muji U.S.A. will remain fully operational throughout this restructuring," the company stated at the time as it moved forward with phased reopenings of stores across the country. Founded in Japan in 1980, the retailer sells household goods, apparel and food at locations worldwide. Muji opened at Stanford in summer 2015, becoming the first location in a U.S. shopping center.

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E.K. Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Linda Taaffe and Elena Kadvany. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email [email protected]

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