Bed Bath & Beyond will be closing its Battle Creek location in 2020. (Photo: AP)
Battle Creek’s Bed Bath & Beyond is closing its doors for good.
In July, Bed Bath & Beyond announced it was shuttering at least 200 stores over the next two years. After surviving the initial rounds of cuts, the location at 12765 Harper Village Drive has learned it will soon meet its end.
“We were not (prepared) because originally we were not on that first list so we were all very surprised,” said Battle Creek store manager Sarah Staib. “We thought we were OK.”
As of May 30, the company had 1,478 stores, including 955 Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide and in Canada. The Bed Bath & Beyond store in Allen Park at 3180 Fairlane Drive was the only Michigan property the company announced it was closing back in September.
Employees at Battle Creek’s Bed Bath & Beyond location were informed of the closure in late September. The store began its liquidation sale on Oct. 8, offering all remaining stock at a 20%-40% discount. They are tentatively scheduled to close in November or whenever all the inventory is sold.
The New Jersey-based home goods retailer – which also operates buybuy Baby, Harmon Face Values and World Market – has said it is closing 21% of its namesake stores. The closings would save the company between $250 million and $350 million annually after one-time costs, according to CEO Mark Tritton.
In a September news release, Tritton said the COVID-19 pandemic “was felt across our business during our fiscal first quarter, including loss of sales due to temporary store closures.”
As of May 30, there were 955 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in the U.S. and in Canada.
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