Bob’s Stores, Eastern Mountain Sports to close 3 local stores


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — For the second time in two years, the owner of Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports is filing for bankruptcy — though this time the ownership is different: they’re now owned by Eastern Outfitters. It means 48 stores are expected to close from Maine to Maryland.

Three stores will close in Southern New England. The Bob’s Stores locations in Seekonk and in South Attleboro (in a plaza with the also set-to-close Big Kmart) will be closing. Middletown’s Eastern Mountain Sports will also close.

According to a bankruptcy court filing in Maryland, liquidation sales are set to start Wednesday, April 12, and final closure must occur 10 weeks from that date, on June 21.

The Bob’s Stores location on Route 5 in Cranston is not on the list for closure.

About a year ago, Bob’s then-parent company, Vestis Retail Group, filed for Chapter 11. It led to the closing of the Eastern Mountain Sports stores in Warwick and Foxboro, as well as six other EMS stores and a Bob’s in Maine.

This story was updated to clarify that a new owner of the same property was filing for bankruptcy.