Charlotte Russe (clothing retailer)

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Charlotte Russe, Inc.
FateChapter 11 Bankruptcy; Liquidation
Founded1975; 44 years ago (1975)
FounderCharlotte Russe
HeadquartersCalifornia, U.S.[1]
Number of locations
Key people
Jenny Ming (President & CEO)
ProductsClothing, footwear, and accessories for women
OwnerAdvent International
Number of employees
Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe is an American clothing retail chain store that operates in the United States, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Fashions in the stores are targeted at women in their teens and twenties. The company owns and operates stores in 45 states.[4] As of June 2014, Charlotte Russe operates 560 stores, mostly in malls and shopping centers.[5][1] It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on February 4, 2019.[6] It was announced on March 7, 2019 that it would be closing all of its remaining stores and would be attempting to sell the brand’s intellectual property.[7]


Charlotte Russe was founded in 1975 by Daniel Lawrence and his two brothers, all who worked in their family's Brooklyn, New York clothing business. Lawrence and his siblings formed Lawrence Merchandising Corp. in Carlsbad, California. With the first Charlotte Russe storefront in San Diego, California, other locations were established throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.

The company was acquired in 1996 by the investment firm of SKM (Saunders Karp & Megrue). The new owners had expansion plans for Charlotte Russe - evolving it into a national chain of shopping mall stores. SKM took Charlotte Russe public in 1999 until Advent International acquired it in 2009. As President and CEO, Jenny Ming led Charlotte Russe into a private holding once again.[8][9]

On February 4, 2019, Charlotte Russe filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and planned to close 94 of its stores, citing a "dramatic decrease in sales and in-store traffic".[10]

On March 7, 2019, Charlotte Russe announced that will close all of its stores over the next two months. Liquidator SB360 Capital Partners won the auction in bankruptcy court for Charlotte Russe's $160 million worth of inventory, and other assets.[11]

Important dates[edit]

  • 1975: Lawrence brothers open first Charlotte Russe store, in Carlsbad, California.
  • 1990: Charlotte Russe moves into Arizona.
  • 1992: Company expands into Nevada.
  • 1994: Clothing manufacturer Rampage Clothing Co. opens first retail outlet.
  • 1996: Investment firm SKM buys Charlotte Russe.
  • 1997: Company buys Rampage, with 15 stores nationwide.
  • 1999: Charlotte Russe Holding goes public.
  • 2019: Charlotte Russe files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
  • 2019: Charlotte Russe announces it will close all stores and liquidate its remaining assets.[12]


They have raised over $2.2 million for cancer research.[13]


  1. ^ a b "About: Charlotte Russe". Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Charlotte Russe: Store Locator". Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Store Locator: Charlotte Russe". Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Stock:Charlotte Russe Holding (CHIC)". Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Tyko, Kelly; Bomey, Nathan (February 4, 2019). "Charlotte Russe to close 94 stores in bankruptcy: Is your store on the list?". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Charlotte Russe is closing all of its stores and has started liquidation sales". USA TODAY. March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Clothing Firm Charlotte Russe Will Try an IPO On for Size". Los Angeles Times. September 27, 1999. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Advent to Acquire Charlotte Russe". Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy". CNN. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Charlotte Russe will liquidate and close all of its stores". CNN. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  12. ^ Concepcion, Mariel (March 10, 2019). "Charlotte Russe Is Going Out of Business". San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Charlotte Russe". Retrieved October 1, 2014.

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