Listen, I don’t shop at Payless now, but it has been a reasonable shoe store for as long as I can remember. Back in the day, not may stores made shoes for wide feet and since my feet are wide, my mom would have me up in there all the time. The struggle is real for stores in the digital age and it looks like Payless could no longer survive.
According to USA Today, Payless ShoeSource confirmed Friday that it will close its 2,100 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and start liquidation sales Sunday. The company is also shuttering its e-commerce operations. The closings mark the biggest by a single chain this year and nearly doubles the number of retail stores set to close in 2019.
The company made the following statement: “We expect all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May,” the company said in a statement to USA TODAY. “This process does not affect the company’s franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual.”
Online orders will no longer be accepted as well. The Topeka-based company, founded in 1956, so they have definitely had a good run.