August 12, 2020

Simon, Authentic Brands Buying Brooks Brothers For $325M

FILE - Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a Brooks Brothers location in a July 8, 2020 file photo, in New York.  - AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File

FILE - Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a Brooks Brothers location in a July 8, 2020 file photo, in New York.

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File
MICHELLE CHAPMAN - AP Business Writer

Brooks Brothers will be purchased for $325 million by a retail venture owned by licensing company Authentic Brands Group and mall owner Simon Property Group.

The venture, called Sparc Group LLC, initially offered $305 million for the clothing company last month. It will continue running at least 125 Brooks Brothers retail locations as part of the deal.

The 200-year-old New York-based clothier, which has dressed nearly every U.S. president, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July.

A hearing to approve the sale is currently scheduled for Friday. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the month if all closing conditions are satisfied.

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