The Wall Street journal reports that Gymboree is on the verge of filing a bankruptcy with the likely closure of their stores. Locally there are several stores including at the Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill New Jersey, The Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton NJ and the Deptford Mall in Deptford NJ. In Philadelphia Pennsylvania the store at the Philadelphia Mills Mall would be impacted. The bankruptcy will be just another reminder of the difficulties retail chains face today.
You can build your credit after bankruptcy. Sometimes clients will come into my office in Cherry Hill, NJ and express concern that if they file bankruptcy they will not have credit again for 10 years. That is not accurate. In fact many times credit scores of clients are already low from missed payments and filing will actually lead to improvement in credit score. If a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is filed, approximately three months later the individual receives their discharge. If they own a vehicle with payments and they have reaffirmed the debt, they are already on their way to reestablishing credit since their credit report will show the vehicle payments. After the bankruptcy is completed, often in less than one year an opportunity to obtain a credit card will arise. While avoiding credit cards is a good policy, it may be helpful to get a credit card with a low limit, use it for a small purchase like gasoline or groceries, and pay it off each month. At that point, your defaulted unsecured debt will have been eliminated and the current status on car payments and a credit card will have you well on your way to reestablishing credit.
Toys R US, which is in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, announced Tuesday that they are closing up 182 stores, according to a story on USA Today at https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/01/24/toys-r-us-plans-close-up-182-stores/1060674001/
When you file a bankruptcy you are required to attend a meeting of creditors. If you file a bankruptcy in South Jersey that meeting will occur in either Cherry Hill New Jersey, Camden NJ or Northfield NJ. The meeting generally is held about 30 days after filing. Most of the time no creditors come and your meeting is with just you, your attorney and the trustee. The trustee's job is basically to confirm that the information contained in your petition and schedules is accurate and to sell any nonexempt assets. Prior to the meeting your attorney will send numerous documents to the trustee which support the information contained in your bankruptcy. Your attorney will also review with you your petition and schedules prior to the meeting. As long as you have been straightforward with your attorney and your attorney has done what he is supposed to do the meeting of creditors should be relatively simple
Toys R Us, which has locations in Cherry Hill New Jersey and Deptford NJ filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reorganize its debts. Even though they have not yet obtained a court approved plan, the executives of the company have now asked the bankruptcy court to approve millions of dollars in bonuses for those executives. Not surprisingly, the US Trustee's office opposes the payment of such bonuses and filed an objection. The bankruptcy judge will now consider the documents submitted and the arguments of the lawyers and then render a decision. It is also possible that the attorneys will reach an agreement, for example, agreeing to a lower bonus, and then they would ask the court to approve the compromised amount.
Gymboree appears to be on the verge of bankruptcy according to The Denver Post. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/05/gymboree-stores-closing/ A number of stores will likely close as part of the bankruptcy process. A number of brick and mortar retailers have struggled in recent years. According to the Gymboree website, southern New Jersey has stores in Cherry Hill, Deptford, Marlton and Blackwood NJ. There are also stores in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. It is not yet clear which stores will be closing.
Kuzina by Sofia has shut its doors after seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, according to the Courier Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2016/09/08/kuzina-restaurant-close-cherryhill/90094302/
Eliminating credit card debt is one reason many people file for chapter 7 personal bankruptcy. A drop in income, a divorce, or illness can cause credit card debt to accumulate. Bankruptcy is a good option in eliminating this credit card debt. A trustee compares your income to expenses and reviews the equity to your assets. A trustee will order the liquidation of your assets to repay your debt only if the equity in assets exceeds allowed exemptions. In most chapter 7 individuals keep all of their assets. Bankruptcy exemptions vary by state. If a married couple owns a home in Cherry Hill New Jersey or Voorhees New Jersey and the home is worth $300,000 and there is a mortgage of $260,000, because each can exempt approximately $24,000 worth of equity in their home for bankruptcy purposes they would be able to protect the equity in their home and they would be in a position to file a Chapter 7. They could eliminate their credit card debt. If there is disposable income this would be used to repay creditors. Chapter 7 is often a good option to help get a fresh start. If you are struggling financial, you should consult with an experienced attorney about your options.
Sports Authority has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to NPR.org, http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/03/02/468869118/sports-authority-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy-protection the sporting goods retailer was carrying a heavy debt load and needed to restructure. In its restructuring, Sports Authority plans to access nearly $600 million in debtor-in-possession financing and close or sell approximately 140 stores and two distribution centers. This includes stores in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, East Brunswick NJ and Piscataway NJ as well as Easton Pennsylvania and Whitehall PA. The company operates more than 460 locations. Chapter 11 is often used as a way for companies to get out of bad leases while retaining the good ones.