This clothing retailer is closing 3 Palm Beach County stores

Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree is closing 3 of its Palm Beach County locations as part of a restructuring effort, according to the company’s website.

Gymboree stores at CityPlace, Delray Marketplace, and the Boynton Beach Mall are among 350 stores slated to be closed. The company operates 1,281 retail stores under the Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 13: People walk by the children’s clothing retailer Gymboree, which has filed for bankruptcy protection on June 13, 2017 in New York City. As retailers across the country continue to struggle, Gymboree said it plans to remain in business but will close 375 to 450Êof its 1,281 stores while filing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Liquidation sales at stores slated for closure are already underway, according to the company’s website.

“Right-sizing our store footprint is a central part of our efforts to ensure Gymboree emerges from this restructuring process as a stronger and more competitive organization, with greater financial flexibility to invest in our future,” Daniel Griesemer, President and CEO of Gymboree, said in a statement released in June. “Importantly, we will continue to operate a majority of our stores and will continue to deliver quality merchandise and superior service to our customers at our Gymboree, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8 brands. This was a difficult decision to make, but we are confident that it is in the best long-term interest of our Company, our customers and our broader employee base.

Gymboree also has stores at the Palm Beach Outlets, The Mall at Wellington Green and the Town Center at Boca Raton.

Gymboree joins a growing list of retailers and restaurants that have announced closures this year. Macy’sKmart, SearsJCPenney and Bebe have all announced store closures.

More than 40 Outback, Carrabba’s, Bonefish Grill and Flemings restaurants will be closing by the end of the year, the restaurants’ parent company Bloomin’ Brands Inc. announced in February.

Will J.C. Penney stores close Palm Beach County stores?

The quick answer: No.

The retail chain will close only two stores in Florida. They are the locations at the Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center and Palatka Mall.

J.C. Penney’s two Palm Beach County stores, at Wellington Green and Boynton Beach Mall, will remain open.

Shoppers wait in line for the 3pm opening specials outside JC Penney at the Mall at Wellington Green on November 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Overall, J.C. Penney will shutter 138 stores across the country — almost a quarter of the total in just in four states. Nine will close in Texas, eight in Minnesota and seven each in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Store close-out sales, the company said, will start in April and the stores will be closed by the middle of June. After that, J.C. Penney will still list about 900 stores.

In addition to J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Hhgregg, Macy’s, BCBG Maxazria and American Apparel have all announced closures in recent weeks.

This mall is hosting a FREE storytime with Santa

The Boynton Beach Mall on Dec. 10 will host a free “Storytime with Santa” as part of its monthly KidX Club series.072514 Christmas in July 2

Children will be treated to a story by Santa and/or Mrs. Claus, holiday-themed arts and crafts and treats, the mall said.

The event begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in the mall’s play area for children.

For more information, click HERE.

 

Mall Santas: Where to find the best (and cheapest) photos

Santa has landed at all of Palm Beach County’s major shopping malls.

To mark his arrival, we’ve complied a list of hours and prices for photo packages with the jolly old elf.

The Boynton Beach Mall

Santa will pose for photos through Christmas Eve. Santa leaves promptly at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Photo credit: The Boynton Beach Mall
Photo credit: The Boynton Beach Mall

Holiday hours vary by date. Click HERE for a complete list of Santa hours.

Prices on photo packages range from $24.99 to $49.99.

The cheapest package ($24.99) includes one of the following:

One 5 x 7; one 3.5 x 5; and 2 wallets

or

One 5 x 7 and four wallets

The most expensive (49.99) package includes for of the following

  • Four greeting cards
  • Two 5 x 7s
  • Two 3.5 x 5s and four wallets
  • One 5 x 7 and four wallets
  • One 5 x 7; one 3.5 x 5 and two wallets

The Gardens Mall

The mall unveiled Santa’s “Enchanted Garden photo set” this month. As part of the display, the mall’s grand court has been “dressed up in magical style with boughs of evergreen, decadent, treasure-filled trees, twinkling lights, snow-covered drifts, and festive adornments of red, green, gold and silver.”

Photos with Santa in the Enchanted Garden through Christmas Eve and are available during mall hours.

The mall has also brought back its annual “FastPass” for Santa photos, which allows families to skip the line by scheduling a time for their visit. The passes can be purchased on the mall’s website. For more information, click HERE.

Photo packages with Santa range from $27 to $48.

The cheapest photo package ($27) includes:

One 5 x 7
Two 4 x 6s
Two 3 x 5s

$10 card from Shutterfly

The most expensive package ($48) includes:

Four 5 x 7s
Four 4 x 6s
Four 3 x 5s
Eight wallets
Hi-Res Photos on Flash Drive
Digital Download

$20 card from Shutterfly

For information on other packages click HERE.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Abriana Camargo, (C), 3, of Greenacres, talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mall at Wellington Green Nov 06, 2014, in Wellington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the mall until December 24th. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)
Abriana Camargo, (C), 3, of Greenacres, talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mall at Wellington Green Nov 06, 2014, in Wellington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the mall until December 24th. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Santa will pose for photos next to the mall’s annual Ice Palace. Every child who visits Santa will receive a cookie plate gift and a special offer from Lion Country Safari to visit their park during the holidays.

The Ice Palace is open all mall hours with the exception of Christmas Eve, when the hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa takes short break to feed the reindeer from 12:15  p.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Sundays.

The 2016 Ice Palace at The Mall at Wellington Green is described as a “magical, interactive experience for the entire family. Featuring baby arctic animals, guest can make an icy hand print, compare their height to a polar bear, and enjoy a 360 degree visual display complete with snow fall inside a 30’ Ice Palace. The experience culminates with a visit with Santa.”

Prices for photo packages range from $23 to $48.

The cheapest package ($23) includes:

Two 4 x 6 photos

$20 Shutterfly promo card

The most expensive package ($48) includes:

Four 5 x 7s

Four 4 x 6s

Four 3 x 5

Eight wallets

Free digital download

$20 Shutterfly promo card.

Click HERE for details on other packages.

Palm Beach Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets is giving away FREE photos with Santa.

Each family will receive two 4×6 Santa photo prints and a high-res digital download of single image. Additional photos and Christmas merchandise available for purchase. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season.

Photo hours

Now through December 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday

Photo Hours on Christmas Eve
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Photo credit: Town Center at Boca Raton
Photo credit: Town Center at Boca Raton

The Town Center at Boca Raton Santa Experience offers keepsake photo packages starting at $24.99. This holiday season, guests can also choose a Hasbro toy or a $20 Shutterfly promo card gift with select Santa photo packages.

The mall also allows shoppers to make an appointment for photos with Santa. To schedule a photo, click HERE.

Photo hours

Now through December 3

Mondays – Fridays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 4 through December 11

Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sundays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

December 12 through December 18

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

December 19 – December 23

Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: Kids eat FREE at this restaurant

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli & Restaurant is serving up FREE kid’s meals over the Black Friday weekend.

A Reuben sandwich at TooJay's in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens on October 24, 2016.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
A Reuben sandwich at TooJay’s in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens on October 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Kids 12 and under will eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée.

The promotion starts Friday, November 25 and runs through Sunday, November 27.  Kids must over from the kid’s menu. The deal does not include beverages and cannot be combined with any other offers.

TooJay’s has locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and West Palm Beach.

Trick-or-treat on Halloween at this local mall

The Boynton Beach Mall will hold its annual Mall-o-ween Costume Party and trick-or-treating “sweets stroll” on Halloween.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat"  the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

The free event, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, will also feature games, activities, bounce houses and hayrides in the mall’s parking lot

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“This safe, indoor, air-conditioned and entertaining alternative to traditional outdoor Halloween activities will offer free trick-or-treating fun the whole family can enjoy,” the mall said in a news release announcing the event.

The mall is located at 801 N. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach.

Need a job for the holidays? Check out this seasonal hiring event

The Boynton Beach Mall will host a seasonal holiday job fair on Oct. 6 for those interested in applying for full and part-time positions at some of its 135 stores and restaurants.

Matt Perlongo waits for customers outside Lids in the Boynton Beach Mall shortly before  6:30 Friday morning, after working since 8pm. A mall spokeswoman said the mall had been busy up until about 2am, when it died down. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
Matt Perlongo waits for customers outside Lids in the Boynton Beach Mall shortly before 6:30 Friday morning, after working since 8pm. A mall spokeswoman said the mall had been busy up until about 2am, when it died down. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

The job fair runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held at the mall, 801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach.

Available positions include openings at Victoria’s Secret, H&M, and Madame Butterfly. There will also be local businesses set up in the mall’s center court to speak with applicants.

Retailers and local businesses will be reviewing resumes and conducting on-the-spot interviews,  the mall said.

 

Mother’s Day gift ideas: Best spots in south Palm Beach County

Looking for a unique way to wow Mom this Mother’s Day, but want to stay close to home? The solution could be right around the corner.

Paneterie in Delray Beach is just one great spot to find something unique for Mother's Day. (Provided)
Paneterie in Delray Beach is just one great spot to find something unique for Mother’s Day. (Provided)

We’ve pulled together some of the top places in South County to find gifts for Mother’s Day — which falls on May 8 this year.

Looking for something else? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide.

Hoffman’s Chocolates

Contact: Shops at Boca Center, 5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 135, Boca Raton; 561-750-0021 / more locations in Greenacres, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens

Visit their website

Among the Mother’s Day options available this year: Hoffman’s Chocolates High Heel Shoe for $29.95 and a Sweet Purse Basket starting at $26.95. Hoffman’s Chocolates has been gracing the taste buds of Palm Beach County since the company opened its first store in downtown Lake Worth four decades ago. The company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015.

Paneterie

Contact: 16950 N. Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561-403-5192

Visit their website

The European-style bakery and café has locations in Delray Beach and downtown West Palm Beach, offering a variety of confections. It is lead by French master baker Patrick Lézé, a veteran of some of France’s best known bakeries and executive chef at the Patrick Lézé patisserie in Palm Beach.

Sydney Boutique Flowers & Gift

Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361

Visit their website

In addition to flowers, the shop offers a number of artisan and specialty gifts, including some items made by South Florida-based artists. Gift wrapping is also available.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Contact: 100 S. Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan; 888-306-4894

Visit their website

The Forbes Five Star resort is offering special room rates, spa deals, and a Sunday brunch so you can make the whole weekend all about mom. Room rates for Mother’s Day weekend start at $199 per night. (Use booking code: MOTHER). The “Queen Mother” spa package (90 minutes for $295) includes hand drawn bath of exotic florals, oriental teas, and precious oils combined with a hand washing and polishing of the skin, a delicate dry buff, and a warm butter and silk massage.

Culinary tours

Culinary tours are the perfect gift for a foodie. Two of Palm Beach County’s three tour operators offer guests in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Lantana a chance to sample some of the area’s most unique eateries.

Savor Our City Culinary Tours: 800-979-3370; www.savorourcity.com

Taste History Culinary Tours: 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277; tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot.com

Vino Van Gogh

Contact: 153 NE 4th Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-5272

Visit their website

This studio offers paint parties led by an artist who will help you recreate the nightly featured painting. Mom can enjoy a glass of wine, while the artist provides step-by-step instructions. Group painting classes are also available.

Evelyn & Arthur

Contact: Locations in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach and Manalapan

Visit their website

The family-owned business offers a number of unique items, including Mother’s Day options. They include: Nico silk wrapped pearls in a variety of colors ($82) and Ah!Dorned bags, created from all vegan leather (46-$48).

Snappy Turtle

Contact: 1100 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 561-276-8088

Visit their website

The Delray Beach boutique offers a variety of clothing, accessories and unique home items. The store first opened in Delray Beach in 1987. Its beach-themed collection includes year-round “resort wear.”

» RELATED: See our complete Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide

All Aboard rail delivery could temporarily block area streets

Crews working to unload a delivery of rail for the All Aboard Florida’s Brightline project could temporarily block railroad crossings along the Florida East Coast Railway line beginning today.

A train on Friday delivered rail sections for the All Aboard Florida project. Photo credit: All Aboard Florida
A train on Friday delivered rail sections for the All Aboard Florida project. Photo credit: All Aboard Florida

Crews will be unloading rail along the FEC corridor in Palm Beach County, potentially closing rail crossings on roadways in Lake Worth, Lantana, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton.

The train delivering the rail — which look like large metal beams — is expected to be in the area through Wednesday.

The rail train was expected to move through the area last week, but the delivery was delayed because of a scheduled change.

This is All Aboard’s fifth delivery of rail in the South Florida area. In total, the beams span about 7.5 miles.

The material will be used to add a second track to the FEC line as part of the company’s Brightline passenger rail service linking South Florida to Orlando.

Local mall to surprise shoppers today with free gift cards; goodies

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Day today, officials at the Boynton Beach Mall will be surprising shoppers with a variety of freebies, including gift cards.giftcards

Beginning at 10 a.m., mall managers will be randomly giving a way a host of items to shoppers including $50 gift cards, beauty gift baskets, handbags, t-shirts, movie passes, complimentary lunches and dinners. The items come from a variety of mall retailer including JCPenney, Youfit Health Clubs, Perfumania, Sephora, LA Leggings, Buca di Beppo, East West Bistro Buffet, Pops Corn and Versace Gelateria Italiana & Gourmet.

“National Random Acts of Kindness Day is an ideal opportunity for Boynton Beach Mall to show appreciation to shoppers and to encourage thoughtfulness and charity in the community,” said Poonam Patel, director of marketing and business development at Boynton Beach Mall. “We’re looking forward to spreading smiles throughout the day and encouraging others to pay the kindness forward.”

In addition to surprising shoppers, Boynton Beach Mall management will also be treating its retailers to sweet treats and coffee, officials said.