I have been running around these past few days in New York City and was shocked to see no plus size departments at Century 21 and Saks Fifth Ave. and not to mention that at Bloomingdales, the plus size department was a third of the square footage it used to be.
When I inquired at Bloomingdales, #1 where the plus size department went and #2 where were all the PANTS? The answer was they took it down because no one was shopping in them and was given a blank stare about the pants. There were three of us at the check out line looking at each other going, “We’re here and the other two women were like, ‘Yes, where are the pants!”
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That is not the first time I have heard that statement. I cannot imagine why and where the discrepancy is between what is and what the stores say it is? I do not understand how they can make such a statement and what constitutes enough sales to justify clothing in a particular department?
I have heard Saks is rethinking their business model for plus size. When?
Good move. Maybe the problem is assortment in fit, variety, price? I cannot imagine what the variables are, but it seems to me that there should be some viable solution? Let’s hope so. It was very depressing.