Justice is a clothing and lifestyle retailer targeting the tween girl market, formerly owned by Tween Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Too, Inc. and Too, Inc.) and later by Ascena Retail Group since 2009.
|Headquarters||New Albany, Ohio, U.S.|
Number of locations
|83 Justice stores (October 2020)|
|Brian Lynch, President & CEO|
|Parent||Tween Brands, Inc. (2004–2009)|
Ascena Retail Group
Justice sold apparel, underwear, sleepwear, swimwear, lifestyle, accessories, and personal care products for girls age 6–16. Justice operated in malls and shopping centers. Until its acquisition by Dress Barn, Tween Brands operated 900 Justice stores, many of which were converted from Limited Too during 2008 to 2010.
The current name for J Bucks is Style Perks. During certain times of the year, Style Perks are offered. You can receive one card for every purchase you make during this time. The cards are for $15 off a purchase of $40.
Justice headquarters is located in New Albany, Ohio. Almost 400 associates work there and are divided into about 20 different departments. The CEO of Justice as of March 2016 is Brian Lynch. The leaders of Tween Brands include nine employees who manage the company. Four of these leaders are male and five of these leaders are female.
Justice had over 1,000 stores at its peak in March 2016. These stores are mainly located in Canada and the United States of America, however, some stores are located in Mexico, Central America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East.
Limited Too was created by The Limited, Inc. in 1987 as a younger girls/infants version of The Limited. From 1987 to 1995, the number of stores increased from two to 288 different retail locations. In 1996, a new senior management team refocused Limited Too into a preteen girls fashion store. In 1999, Limited Too, Inc. spun off to establish a strong and independent brand identity.
From 2001 to 2003 the company operated the Mishmash chain that targeted 15- to 20-year-old women and sold apparel, accessories, and gifts and competed head-to-head with chains like Gadzooks, Wet Seal, and the women's businesses of Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co., and American Eagle Outfitters. The chain folded in 2003 because Too Inc. felt that they knew and understood the preteen customer better. Committed to this focus, Too Inc. launched the first Justice: Just for Girls stores in January 2004; many of the early Justice stores were in converted Mishmash stores.
On July 10, 2006, Too Inc. completed its name change to Tween Brands, Inc., and began trading on the NYSE under the symbol, 'TWB'. In February 2008, there were 582 Limited Too stores in 47 states and Puerto Rico as well as 25 franchised stores in the Middle East. At its peak, Limited Too had over 600 stores, many of which were converted to the Justice brand between December 2008 and June 2010.
On June 25, 2009, Dressbarn announced that it would buy Tween Brands, Inc, in a friendly acquisition. In 2010, Tween Brands began a boys clothing line entitled “Brothers”. Clothing from Brothers was initially sold online only, but was eventually sold in select Justice stores as well as standalone Brothers stores.
In 2012, Brothers clothing began being sold in several Justice stores. Over 20 Justice stores sold Brothers clothing by 2013. The Brothers headquarters is located in Ohio. By June 2012, the number of Justice stores had increased to 920. The chain outsold the much larger Walmart and Target stores in the girls' apparel category during the 4th quarter of 2011 and the 1st quarter of 2012.
On Feb 17, 2015, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. announced that the Brothers brand would be discontinued due to poor sales and recognition. Justice later added more product lines in response to changing consumer tastes, including Justice Active inspired by athleisure trends, with products endorsed by Mackenzie Ziegler, as well as JoJo Siwa clothing and accessories.
In 2018, Justice launched an original series of graphic novels and toys called Ultra Squad designed to be empowering to tween girls; the book series was well received and is currently on its fourth volume.
As part of Ascena Retail Group's bankruptcy reorganization in July 2020, 600 Justice locations are slated to close, leaving around 100 open. Ascena also announced that the Justice brand will also solely focus on online sales. Additionally, Justice has exited international markets due to the bankruptcy of Ascena Retail Group. On September 24, 2020, Justice announced an additional 23 Justice stores will be closing, leaving 83 stores by the end of October.
When examined in the study “’Putting on’ Sexiness: A Content Analysis of the Presence of Sexualizing Characteristics in Girls' Clothing”, Justice had interesting results. A total of 650 clothing pieces were analyzed into four groups defined as childish, sexual, both childish and sexual and neither childish nor sexual. Of the clothing documented, 413 pieces or 63.5% of the clothing was defined as childish, 12 pieces or 1.8% of the clothing was defined as sexual, and 225 pieces or 34.6% of the clothing was considered both childish and sexual. No clothing from Justice was considered neither childish nor sexual.
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