A women’s fashion and accessories store, which initially filed for bankruptcy and closed all of its stores in 2019, has plans for a return to the Outlets at Wind Creek Bethlehem.
The Wind Creek location was one of 261 Charming charlie stores in 38 states that would have closed two years ago. It plans to reopen in its original space opposite the general store on the lower level. Wind Creek spokeswoman Julia Corwin said on Wednesday that there was no specific opening date scheduled yet.
Founded in 2004 by an entrepreneur Charles Chanaratsopon, the chain says its newly reopened stores will include Charming Charlie’s usual color grouping model and an extensive catalog, according to a Press release. The store is known for its clothing, handbags, costume jewelry, gifts, beauty items, shoes, scarves, tech gadgets, travel items, pets and kids, as well as its RSVP and special occasion pieces.
The company announced a national expansion last March. The move comes after Charming Charlie filed two Chapter 11 Alabama bankruptcy laws protection cases in 2018 and 2019, respectively, what professionals in the restructuring industry are calling a “Chapter 22” Alabama bankruptcy laws. according to USA Today.
The company then said in its court case that it was facing “unsustainable operating expenses, including onerous leases” at a time when so many physical stores faced immense competition online.
Soon also available at the sales center will be Angry Jack Ax Throwing Club. Moves into space vacated by fashion retailer Van Heusen | IZOD Golf.
The site, owned by husband-and-wife team AJ and Nikki Mitchell from Downingtown, County Chester, initially announced in July plans to open the outlet center. It is not known if there were any delays in the plans; Corwin returned the comment to the Mitchell’s, who could not be reached immediately for further information. According to the company’s website, Angry Jack’s concept is to have customers experience lots of friendly competitions in a causal atmosphere.
Wind Creek will be the fourth site for Angry Jack’s, which already has three other sites in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Elkton, Maryland.
Charming Charlie and Angry Jack Ax Throwing Club will join Bonworth, another women’s fashion and accessories boutique that opened last August. It moved to the lower-level space vacated by GH Bass & Co. The retailer has been around for about four decades with retail stores in 14 states, according to the Company Website.
There are at least eight vacant positions at the brand center. This is where shoppers will find empty spaces: one between Hartstrings and Famous Footwear; two next to the space that will house Charming Charlie; one between the general store and Corningware Corelle & More; two between Talbots and Kay Jewelers; and two next to Coach.
The factory hub, 77 Wind Creek Boulevard, offers its two levels of premium brands at affordable prices. The site is popular with shoppers, connecting the casino and the hotel.
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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann can be reached at [email protected].