Valley Bend Dressbarn Closing in August; Customers Urged to ‘Shop Early for Best Selection’

The Dressbarn in Huntsville will shut down at the end of August, according to the women’s clothing retailer.

Franchise owner Ascena Retail Group announced in May it planned to close all 650 branches of the nearly 60-year-old chain by the end of the year. Nine stores will have closed this month and another 53, including the store at Valley Bend at Jones Farm in South Huntsville, are slated to close in August.

“The decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment,” Dressbarn chief executive Steven Taylor said in a press release. “During the wind down process, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great experience both in-store and online, offering them even better deals and value.”

The company is receiving “fresh inventory,” the press release said, and customers should “shop early for the best selection, and use any outstanding gift cards.”