Both Bob’s Stores locations to close on Long Island


It’s the end of Bob’s Stores Footwear & Apparel on Long Island and beyond.

According to CBS News, the retailer recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and now plans to close all of its stores, including the two on the Island, located in Centereach and West Islip.

Bob’s once operated more stores on Long Island in Patchogue, East Northport, and Selden.

The report stated that the discount apparel store intends to close all 21 locations across five states, with the company accepting exchanges and gift cards until July 14.

“We regret that our financial position necessitated the liquidation of Bob’s Stores. Bob’s has been a stalwart of our local communities for nearly 70 years, and we know our customers remember us as having been there for major moments in their lives. We remain grateful to our vendors, suppliers, customers and employees for all of their support over the years,” Dave Barton, president of Bob’s Stores said, in a statement.

Originally named Bob’s Surplus, the store was founded in 1954 in Middletown, Conn., by Bob Lapidus. The brand expanded to operate in multiple states, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The company has changed hands multiple times over the last decades and has filed for bankruptcy protection four times.

Top: The closure of the Selden Bob’s Store location in 2021. (GLI Photo/Nick Esposito)

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