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Canadian retailer Jacob Inc. files for bankruptcy

MONTREAL (NEWS1130) – Women’s clothing retailer Jacob Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and will be liquidating inventory at all 92 of its stores across Canada in the coming weeks.

The Montreal-based company has been under creditor protection since November 2010 and underwent operational restructuring. But the company says it was unable to make the business profitable or to find new financiers.

The company cites the challenging economy plus the influx of new international retailers to the Canadian marketplace among the factors leading to the company’s inability to overcome its financial challenges.

“Although we did not achieve the desired result, I am proud of the passion and dedication that the Jacob team showcased over these past few years while trying to bring the company back to financial health,” president and founder Joey Basmaji said in a statement.

“I would like to sincerely thank each employee and business partner that contributed to our success during these 35 wonderful years. I hope that the remaining Canadian retailers will get through these difficult economic times.”

Retail Expert David Ian Gray says the company didn’t do much to expand its focus like some of its competitors. “My suspicion is there’s probably something in their operating structure, the cost side of the equation, that really did them in. They actually did have a pretty good market share in the women’s category a few years ago.”