Montgomery Ward, JC-Penny, Sears, and K-Mart probably seemed like they would be around forever for those of us who were alive to shop at these iconic stores.

Wal-Mart just announced last week that it will be closing some of its stores in Illinois and Wisconsin too.

Now, another iconic national clothier chain has announced it will be closing stores across the country, and in Illinois.

Largest American bridal-store chain in U.S. closing stores

According to a notice from David's Bridal that was filed in Colorado, the national bridal gown and formal wear store is preparing for a "mass layoff and/or plant closing" that will affect "all of the Company’s locations."

In the letter, the date of the "mass layoff" was still unknown, but at the corporate level, there will be three different phases of layoffs, the first of which began this past Friday, April 14.

Employees at David's Bridal distribution centers will be terminated between June 12 and June 26, 2023. Field and Store employees at David's Bridal will lose employment between June 12 and August 11, 2023.

Which Illinois and Wisconsin stores will be closing?

According to the notice from David's Bridal, LLC, here are the Illinois locations that will close permanently:

  • Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park, IL
  • East Roosevelt Road in Lombard, IL
  • Woodfield Plaza in Schaumburg, IL
  • Market Place Shopping Center in Fairview Heights, IL
  • Hawthorne Hills Shopping Center in Vernon Hills, IL
  • S. Route 59 in Naperville, IL
  • Park Pointe Plaza in Orland Park, IL
  • Big Hollow Road in Peoria, IL
  • Southwest Plaza III in Springfield, IL
  • Perryville Crossings, Rockford, IL
  • Champaign Town Center, Champaign, IL
  • North Elston Avenue in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

6 Wisconsin David's Bridal stores are also scheduled to close. To see where they're located, CLICK HERE to see the memo.

More than 9,000 employees of David's Bridal will be laid off from across the United States and internationally at their stores in Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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