Loehmann's was an American retail company which started as a single store in Brooklyn, New York and grew to a chain of off-price department stores in the United States. The chain was best known for its "Back Room", where women interested in fashion could find designer clothes at prices lower than in department stores. While the largest portion of its client base was historically women, the chain also offered shoes, accessories, and men's clothing.

Loehmann's Holdings, Inc.
Company typePrivate
Defunct2014 (brick and mortar)
2018 (online retail)
ProductsClothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, housewares
OwnerEsopus Creek

Loehmann's filed for bankruptcy in December 2013 and liquidation sales began January 8, 2014.[1] Once the merchandise was liquidated, all stores were closed and Esopus Creek, the private equity fund which had bought the rights to the Loehmann's name, continued to operate the company as an online retailer.[2] On August 4, 2018, loehmanns.com ceased operations[3] after a period of showing an "under construction" page.[4]

History and operations edit

Frieda Loehmann's original store was located in this building at 1476 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. It is now a gospel church.

In 1921, Frieda Loehmann, a former department store buyer, and her son Charles, opened the first Loehmann's store in a former automobile showroom on the northwest corner of Bedford Avenue and Sterling Place in Brooklyn, New York. She bought seasonal overstocks from top New York designers and sold them at bargain prices. Frieda refused to expand into additional stores, but her son opened a second store, also called Loehmann's, on Fordham Road in the Bronx in 1930, using the same sales strategy. Frieda continued to run the original store, buying the building and moving into living quarters above it.[5]

Soon after her death in 1962, the Bedford Avenue store was closed,[5] and the Charles C. Loehmann company went public and began to expand to a wider area.

Loehmann's was acquired by Associated Dry Goods in 1983. In 1986, The May Department Stores Company merged with Associated Dry Goods. Two years later, May Department Stores Company sold the 77-unit chain to an investor group led by a Spanish concern, Sefinco Ltd., and the Sprout Group, a division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

The company was taken public again in May 1996.

At its peak in 1999, the company had approximately 100 stores in 17 states.[6]

Multiple bankruptcies edit

In May 1999, Loehmann's declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It emerged from bankruptcy protection on September 6, 2000. In 2004, it was acquired for $177 million (~$274 million in 2023) by Arcapita (formerly Crescent Capital), a private investment firm complying with Islamic Banking law. In May 2006, Arcapita sold Loehmann's for $300 million (~$436 million in 2023) to Istithmar, a private equity firm based in Dubai.

On November 15, 2010, Loehmann's filed for Chapter 11 again, after failing to reach a debt extension with its creditors. It then announced the closing of eight stores.[7]

By the end of February 2011, Loehmann's emerged from bankruptcy protection. New York-based Loehmann's said it secured $45 million in financing while saying its restructuring eliminated $110 million in long-term bond debt, $14 million in interests and included $23 million in other cost reductions.[8]

On December 16, 2013, Loehmann's filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for the third time, listing assets at $100 million, with debt at $500 million.[9][1][10] During bankruptcy, Esopus Creek Value Series Fund LP purchased Loehmann’s intellectual property assets and customer lists starting in March 2014 and Tiger Capital Group, A&G Realty Partners, and SB Capital Group purchased the inventory, furniture and fixtures, accounts receivable, and cash component.[11] In 2017, after Loehmann's Manhattan lease expired, Barneys New York opened its downtown store at the Loehmann’s site at Seventh Avenue and 16th Street in Chelsea.[11] It is the same building where Barney Pressman started his discount men’s business in 1923.[11] Loehmann's began its final going-out-of-business sale at all stores on January 8, 2014, and continued to close its stores, and consolidate its remaining merchandise at its remaining stores during the liquidation process until the remaining stock had been cleared by the liquidator. Loehmann's closed its last store on February 26, 2014, and moved into online-only retailing from that date.[12][13]

See also edit

References edit


  1. ^ a b Young, Vicki M. (December 16, 2013). "Loehmann's Files Chapter 11". WWD. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Loehmann's, legendary discount retailer, will reopen as an online store". New York: NY Daily News. April 8, 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Not Found". 2018-08-04. Archived from the original on 2018-08-04. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  4. ^ "Loehmann's". 2018-08-03. Archived from the original on 2018-08-03. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  5. ^ a b Morris, Montrose. "Walkabout: Brooklyn Riches from Rags" Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Brownstoner (5/20/2010)
  6. ^ Dribben, Melissa (28 April 2008). "Low-cost fashion stalwart's last sale". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  7. ^ Loehmann’s files for bankruptcy Retrieved November 15, 2010
  8. ^ "Discount retailer Loehmann's emerges from Chap. 11" Archived January 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Business Week (March 1, 2011)
  9. ^ "Lehmann's Chapter 11 Voluntary Petition" (PDF). PacerMonitor. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  10. ^ McCarty, Dawn (December 16, 2013). "Loehmann's Designer Discounter Files for Bankruptcy". Bloomberg.
  11. ^ a b c "Esopus Gets OK on Loehmann's IP". WWD. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-01-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Loehmann's liquidation sales begin Thursday". Archived from the original on 2014-01-08.

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