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Godiva Closing Or Selling All Of Its United States Stores

Jan 24, 2021, 2:57 PM
Godiva is closing or selling all of its stores in the United States. (Denis Closon/Shutterstock)...
Godiva is closing or selling all of its stores in the United States. (Denis Closon/Shutterstock)
(Denis Closon/Shutterstock)

(CNN) — Luxury chocolatier Godiva is getting out of the brick and mortar business.

The company is closing or selling all 128 of its brick-and-mortar stores in North America, it announced in a statement. It plans to complete the closures and sales by the end of March.

Godiva will keep its stores open across Europe, Middle East and Greater China. The company did not disclose information on how many employees would be let go because of the closures.

Less than two years ago, Godiva was planning a massive expansion by getting into the cafe business. The chocolatier opened its first cafe in the United States in New York City in April 2019 and announced that it planned on opening 10 more cafes in New York and more than 400 across the United States. It was part of a plan to open 2,000 new cafes around the world.

But that plan never came to fruition. Godiva relied heavily on mall traffic, which has been plummeting even before the pandemic. The chocolatier’s sales are largely driven by online purchases and purchases through Godiva’s grocery, club and retail partners.

This change comes during a time when COVID has hit dozens of underperforming businesses. The retail apocalypse in particular has come for restaurants, mall stores, businesses that rely on impulse shopping and luxury retailers.

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Godiva Closing Or Selling All Of Its United States Stores