Scoop NYC closing all stores

Boutique retail brand Scoop NYC has abruptly closed its New York City flagship location and is holding liquidation sales at its remaining stores.

It's the end of the brand after nearly 20 years in operation, according to Women's Wear Daily.

Scoop began in 1996 and featured a curated collection of hard-to-find designers at that time. But as it grew, so did the brands it sold. Many, including Rag & Bone and Alice + Olivia, opened free-standing shops or boutiques inside large department stores.

The retailer launched and expanded its own private label line, but the effort wasn't enough, according to Scoop CEO Susan Davidson.

Scoop was acquired by Yucaipa Cos. (which also owned Fresh & Easy) in 2007, and attempts to expand and achieve greater scale have been too little, too late.

The company is currently hosting clearance sales and expects to close all doors by mid-summer.

For more:
- see this Women's Wear Daily story (tiered subscription)
- see this New York Business Journal article

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