Payless announces two more Kansas stores are closing

Andrew Cummings
June 1, 2017

The announcement brings the total number of completed and planned closures to 800.

Payless Shoe Source could almost double the number of store closures under its bankruptcy plan as the extent of the discount footwear chain's troubles come into sharper focus. Among other hard-hit retailers, Gordmans and Rue21 declared bankruptcy, while MC Sports and The Limited have shut down completely.


Back in early April, the company announced closings in Great Bend, Liberal, Emporia, and Hutchinson.

"As part of Payless' Chapter 11 restructuring, we are taking steps to further rationalize our store fleet in the USA and Puerto Rico", a spokesperson for Payless told Footwear News in an email statement today.


Meghan Spreer, media contact with payless ShoeSource, told KY3 News, "As part of Payless' Chapter 11 restructuring, we are taking steps to further rationalize our store fleet in the USA and Puerto Rico".

Payless ShoeSource is adding stores in Wichita and Derby to the list of around 400 stores it will be closing this year. The other stores are in Appleton, Eau Claire, and Wauwatosa.


Payless, which once operated 4,400 stores in 30 countries, says the closings are part of a financial restructuring effort and the company will remain in operation.

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