Case History: Retail Exit Strategies
Single-store retailers can generate significant cash flow and recovery from liquidating in an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors.
Kit & Ace is a Canadian based athleisure apparel company created by the family behind Lululemon. With intentions to make Kit & Ace a household name in high-end street apparel, after two years the company had effectively over-expanded into 61 locations throughout the world before adopting a change in strategy to focus on eCommerce and their Canadian stores. Overnight Kit & Ace shuttered all brick and mortar locations in the US, UK and Australia, and to help minimize damages executed an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors and surrendered the inventory to several of their landlords. Fortis Business Advisors was brought in to help with the merchandise at the Atlanta, GA location, which had effectively become a “dark” store housing inventory with customers peering through the windows wondering if the location would re-open.
The landlord considered several options for recovery and decided that the most effective strategy was to bring Fortis in to reopen the store but at a “pop-up” location so that the original space could be leased to a new tenant. Fortis leased the “pop-up” location and named it NamasDay Sportswear, then took possession of the inventory and transported it to NamasDay. Fortis then re-merchandised the inventory for liquidation, set up the operation from zero-based budgeting, and executed a high-impact marketing strategy which was effectively driven through social and online media, email marketing, and canvased flyer distribution.
Total recovery representing multiple months of lost lease revenue to the client
96% Actual Sales to Projected Sales, and General & Administrative expenses within .001% of budget
Cash flow positive with distributable profit after Week 2 of a 7-week sale
Inventory sold out to the bare walls, and delivery of a lease-ready space