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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hi-Res Photos on Flash Drive
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Contact: 16950 N. Jog Road, Delray Beach; 561-403-5192
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
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 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.
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
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).
Contact: 1100 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach; 561-276-8088
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.”
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.