After filing for bankruptcy and shuttering all 2,100 locations back in 2019, the discount shoe chain, Payless, is making a comeback.
That’s right — the retailer recently announced plans to open 300 to 400 standalone shops nationwide in the next three to five years. Even better, the first shop is slated to open as early as November 2020 in Miami, which is where the company’s new headquarters are located. From there, the shoe chain plans to open 30 to 45 stores in early 2021 in Texas, and other bordering states.
Payless emphasizes that these new stores will feature an “updated” look, which includes installing smart mirrors, AR-powered foot comparison charts, and touchscreen wall panels.
Can’t wait for a location to open near you? Payless just re-launched their website, featuring a mix of clothing and footwear from private label brands, as well as new brands such as Kendall + Kylie and Aerosoles.
During a time when many retail giants are falling left and right due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s good to see a once shuttered store trying to make a comeback. Afterall, when Payless filed for bankruptcy back in 2019, they had to let go of 16,000 employees nationwide. Though the retailer will never reach the amount of stores it once had, at least it can offer new jobs to some of those laid off employees over the next few years.