The final liquidation at Loehmann's should be wrapping up soon, and signs in front of the stores today announce that there are only 7 days left, thus beginning the countdown phase of the legendary off-pricer's protracted euthanasia. It's as depressing and creepy as you might imagine inside, with ever more random racks of merchandise and whole sections of the store now devoted to selling retail fixtures, a process that may make even the most reasonable mind wonder if a wall sized slab of dress-shirt cubbies might somehow be useful. Our friends at Racked have been watching the situation closely as well, and even though the signs proclaim this to be Loehmann's final week, they report that the liquidators who are now in control of the chain may keep it open through mid-March. This seems to us somehow like continuing to treat the patient who insists on living even though her life-support machines have been unplugged. As the merchandise diminishes, it seems cruel and to try and extend the store's life beyond its stated expiration date. The Shophound stopped into the Chelsea store this afternoon, and while there is still a remarkable amount of women's merchandise left (the men's floor is almost entirely devoted to fixtures now), it seems hard to imagine that anyone could squeeze another month of business out of the place. The sooner it closes, the sooner returning resident Barneys New York can get started rebuilding its ancestral Chelsea home.
One thing we did notice is that despite the amount of remaining designer brands available, nobody who works there can manage to spell the names right on the signs above each rack even though the labels are right there in front of them! (Really, Georgio Armani?) We picked some of the most egregious misspellings and posted them in the photo above —just for fun. There may not be much left in the store worth buying, but at least we can get some amusement out of it.