Christopher & Banks

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Christopher & Banks
Type Public
Traded as NYSECBK
Industry Retail
Founded 1956
Founders Gil Braun
Headquarters Plymouth, Minnesota, USA
Number of locations 672 (March 2012)
Key people Joel Waller, President and CEO
Products Women's clothing
Divisions CJ Banks (Plus Size)
A Christopher & Banks store at a mall in Oregon

Christopher & Banks is an American retail company based in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth, Minnesota that specializes in women's clothing for the age 40-60 demographic. The company operates a total of 672 stores, which include 402 Christopher & Banks locations (missy and petite sizes), 199 CJ Banks locations (plus sizes), 62 dual-concept stores that combine missy and plus sizes, and 23 outlet stores.[1] Joel Waller was named President in December 2011,[2] and replaced Larry Barenbaum as CEO in February 2012.[3]

The chain was founded in 1956 as Braun's Fashions in Minneapolis. It became a publicly traded company in 1992, and was re-branded as Christopher & Banks in 2000.[4] Also in 2000, the chain founded a second brand, CJ Banks, which is a plus-size clothing store.[5]

In November 2004 Christopher & Banks acquired the Acorn Stores chain and operated it as a third retail concept.[6] Christopher & Banks announced on July 31, 2008 that they intended to close Acorn and followed through with this plan, closing all 36 Acorn stores by the end of the year.[7]


On April 4, 2005, The Company restated its consolidated statements of income for the fiscal years ended March 1, 2003 and February 28, 2004, as well as for interim periods within the fiscal year ended February 26, 2005, to present the amortization of construction allowances as a reduction of rent expense instead of a reduction of depreciation expense.[8]


  1. ^ Christopher and Banks Corporation Investor Relations
  2. ^ "Christopher & Banks Corporation Announces Appointment of Joel Waller as President," Christopher and Banks Corporation, Dec. 14, 2011 [1]
  3. ^ "Christopher & Banks Corporation Announces Resignation of Larry Barenbaum as Chief Executive Officer," Christopher and Banks Corporation, Feb. 17, 2012 [2]
  4. ^ Moore, Janet (2000-05-25). "Braun's seeks to don new name". The Star-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Christopher & Banks history". Christopher & Banks. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  6. ^ "Christopher & Banks Corp. completed its acquisition of Acorn stores from Gilmore Bros.". Christopher & Banks. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  7. ^ "Acorn". Christopher & Banks. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  8. ^ "EXHIBIT 99 - Additional Exhibit CHRISTOPHER & BANKS CORP". 

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