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Laura’s Shoppe Inc to focus on store renovations, e-commerce after deal with creditors

Laura's Shoppe Inc., Montreal-based owner of more than 140 women’s clothing stores, under the various Laura banners and Melanie Lyne, filed for creditor protection on July 31 and later shuttered 15 stores in a cost-cutting measure.

TORONTO — Canadian retailer Laura’s Shoppe Inc. says it has reached a deal with its creditors about the future of the company.

The Montreal-based owner of more than 140 women’s clothing stores, under the various Laura banners and Melanie Lyne, filed for creditor protection on July 31 and later shuttered 15 stores in a cost-cutting measure.

The privately held company said Thursday that 96 per cent of its creditors, who own 99 per cent of its debt, signed off on the restructuring plan, which includes renovating existing stores and investments in technology.

When it filed for creditor protection, the company said it had posted large losses in 2012 and 2013 after missteps with merchandise that didn’t resonate with its customers.

The company said despite returning to profitability in 2014, the move was necessary to address its existing debt.

Laura’s said the restructuring plan will see stores renovated with new fitting rooms and lounge areas to enhance its by-appointment personalized shopping.

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