Report: Aeropostale files for bankruptcy; Gardens Mall store to close

Children fashion retailer Aeropostale announced Wednesday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court in New York, and plans to close 154 stores in the United States and Canada.

112307 tc biz shop (10 of 12).....0045339A.....Photo by David Spencer/The Palm Beach Post....Jensen Beach......At the Treasure Coast Square Mall early friday, Aéropostale sales associate Ariel Mitchell (cq) trys to lure shoppers into the store by displaying a special teddybear customers can get for free if they purchase $100 worth of merchandise. Mitchell said everything at Aéropostale is priced at 50% off for the next 3 shopping days. Most stores at the Treasure Coast Square Mall opened early at 5am for the traditional "Black Friday" shopping day after Thanksgiving. ...........Photo by David Spencer /The Palm Beach Post......11/23/07

At the Treasure Coast Square Mall, an Aéropostale sales associate tries to lure shoppers into the store by displaying a special teddy bear customers. Photo by David Spencer /The Palm Beach Post (11/23/07)

Store closing sales are scheduled to begin in the United States this weekend, the company said.

The apparel chain has four stores in Palm Beach County. They are located at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, the Mall at Wellington Green and Town Center in Boca Raton. The chain has a factory store at the Boynton Beach Mall.

Areopostale’s Gardens Mall store is one of 6 Florida locations set to close, according to USA Today.

The company operates roughly 800 stores.