Sur La Table closing 56 stores, seeking bankruptcy protection

Sur La Table closing 56 stores, seeking bankruptcy protection
The Sur La Table store is seen in Manhattan. The Seattle-based cookware giant has filed for bankruptcy. (Source: zz/John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx)

SEATTLE (AP) — Cookware and kitchen chain Sur La Table is closing 56 of its 121 stores as it seeks bankruptcy protection, the latest retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

The privately held Seattle-based company says it has agreed to sell its remaining stores to affiliates of Fortress Investment Group following the bankruptcy procedure and store closures.

The post-sale company will also include its in-person and online cooking classes, and its e-commerce business.

Sur La Table had its start in Seattle’s Pike Place Market in 1972.

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