Hurting sales during COVID-19 force some Ardmore chains to close

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Retail sales for stores across the nation have taken a hit due to COVID-19.

The Gordmans store on 12th Avenue had its grand opening March 17 but is now in the midst of a closing sale after the company filed for bankruptcy.

Michael Glazer, the CEO of Gordmans, published a letter on the company's website explaining the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

"Like many others, our business was significantly impacted by COVID-19," Glazer said. "We temporarily closed all of our stores as we have worked to manage through this challenging environment. Despite all of our efforts, we have been unable to obtain necessary financing to continue operating as an independent business."

The letter said if a buyer comes along with a viable bid, the closing operations will stop.

JC Penney also filed for bankruptcy on Friday and announced plans to close more than 200 locations but has not specified which ones.

Signs on the Ardmore location still say 'temporarily closed'.

Officials with the City of Ardmore said The Cotton Patch Cafe location on 12th Avenue is also closing permanently.

Jessica Scott, director of community development for the city, said the closures have mainly impacted chain stores in the city and no locally owned businesses have had to permanently close.

"It seems like most of our local people are trying to weather the storm," Scott said. "This is their community so I think they're just trying to get through it. I think a lot of those chains were struggling for a while and (the pandemic) is just kind of icing on the cake. With our local people, this is their livelihood. And so that's why the city, we always push 'shop local.'"