Breaking news: Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores closing in 2019

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Breaking news

Updated January 23, 2019: Both Gymboree and sibling brand Crazy 8 stores are closing. It was announced that Gymboree filed for bankruptcy on January 16th (see reference 1).

Originally, in December 2018, Gymboree – parent company to Crazy 8 – announced in a press release that they would be closing only their Crazy 8 clothing stores (see reference 2). In a new press release of January 16th 2019, Gymboree announced that the closings extend to its Gymboree brand too (see reference 3).

Overview of what will be happening:

Here are the details in brief that we gleaned from reference 3:

  • All Crazy 8 and Gymboree physical store locations will close.
  • The GymBucks and Gymboree Rewards programs have been stopped.
  • The last day to use gift certificates to Crazy 8 is February 16, 2019 (see reference 4). The same is expected to be the case for Gymboree although its site does not mention it either way.
  • Fancier sibling brand Janie and Jack is expected to be sold to another company and is expected to continue to run under that company.
  • The online platform for Gymboree is also expected to be sold, but at this point it’s not yet clear if the online version of Gymboree will continue to run under the new company. 
  • It has not been announced if the online store for Crazy 8 will be closed completely, or sold along with Gymboree’s online store.

What date will Gymboree and Crazy 8 stores close?

The press release did not specify a date, but did mention that this would likely occur sometime in 2019 (see reference 2). At the time of writing, the online stores of both brands and most of their physical stores are still open and serving customers.

Will Crazy 8 and/or Gymboree having closing-down sales?

That was not specified in the press releases. In the past, other stores which closed their online and physical stores have had special deals (e.g. when Naartjie closed a few years ago), but that in no way obligates Crazy 8 or Gymboree to do the same.

What this means for you

Here are two things I’d recommend you do:

  • If you own any gift certificates for Gymboree or Crazy 8, use them soon. The last day they accept Crazy 8 gift certificates is February 16th (reference 4). The same is expected to be the case for Gymboree (reference 1).
  • If you like the styles at Gymboree or Crazy 8, consider whether you want to stock up on a few items for next season. This is because those items will now become rare (particularly in the case of Crazy 8 whose online platform is stated to close altogether), and that way your child will be wearing unique clothes next season.

Some alternatives to Gymboree:

If you like the high-quality preppy look of Gymboree, you still have some options that offer similar styles and price points:

U.S. Polo Assn.

U.S. Polo Assn. Not to be confused with Ralph Lauren Polo, the U.S. Polo Assn. has plenty of styles that are in keeping with the look and feel of Gymboree. As a bonus, their price point on some items is actually lower than that of Gymboree.

art & eden. It’s about more than organic sustainable clothing – besides being socially and environmentally conscious, art & eden has eye-catching styles that fans of Gymboree will love. I can attest that art & eden fabrics are noticeably softer and more comfortable for kids than standard non-organic clothing.

OshKosh B’gosh. This iconic brand has high quality styles and comes at a surprisingly low price point when there are is a sale going.

Cookie’s Kids. If you enjoy brand-name recognition, then you’ll like Cookie’s Kids. It’s like Overstock, but just for children’s clothing. I shop there often, and it’s a great place to find brand-name clothing for your kids – and at prices that are often much lower than the equivalent product at Gymboree.

Some alternatives to Crazy 8:

If you love the free-spirited look of Crazy 8 and its nice low price point, then you also have some awesome alternatives.

First off, Cookie’s Kids, which I just mentioned above, comes at an attractively low price point, considering they sell brand name overstocks. I was able to get a brand name ski jacket for my child for under $30 from there.

The Children’s Place. Here you’ll find superb range of exciting styles and a great choice of colors. The site comes with plenty of deep discounts, taking the average price point down lower than that of Crazy 8.

Old Navy. Besides children’s clothing, you can also shop for men’s and women’s styles. If your child loves a fun, casual look then Old Navy is a great option.

Cited sources:

  1. Steve Coogan, January 17 2019. Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In USA Today.
  2. Gymboree Group Inc., Dec 2018. Gymboree Group Commences Strategic Review Process to Reposition Company. In CISION PR Newswire.
  3. Gymboree Group, Inc., January 16 2019. Gymboree Group Files Voluntary Chapter 11 Petitions in U.S. and Intends to Seek Protection under BIA in Canada. In CISION PR Newswire.
  4. Crazy 8 FAQ’s, in
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