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December 2014 Summary: The Deb Shops retail chain filed its second bankruptcy in less than four years on Thursday and said it may conduct a going-out-of-business sale at its 295 stores that specialize in teen and young women's fashion, according to court documents. Read more about The Deb Shops Going Out of Business on the Fashion Blog.

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Deb Shops is a specialty retail chain store in the United States that sells women's clothing and accessories under its own private labels as well other well-known labels. The company is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and principally serves women in their early-teens through their late-twenties. Deb Shops operates 337 stores across 42 states. Deb Shops has a website at www.debshops.com.

History

The company was founded by Philip Rounick and Emma Weiner opened their first store under the name JOY Hosiery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1932. JOY Hosiery initially sold reasonably priced hosiery, lingerie, and foundations in a wide variety of styles. In 1939, it added nylon stockings to its inventory when those became available.

The company expanded in the Philadelphia area in the 1950s. Company Co-Founder Philip Rounick's son, Marvin Rounick, became more involved in the management of the company joining in 1961. Co-Founder Aaron Weiner's son, Warren Weiner, followed suit in 1965. During this time, the company observed the new phenomenon of suburban growth and construction of shopping malls. They responded by opening stores in several locations making them larger and offering more merchandise.

In the 1970's, Marvin Rounick and Warren Weiner closed most of the neighborhood stores and focused on opening larger stores in shopping malls. The chain was also renamed Deb Shops and re-focused on women's and girls' clothing.

The company was listed on the NASDQAQ Exchange under the ticker symbol DEBS. However, it was removed from the exchange after being acquired in 2007 by the investment firm of Lee Equity Partners for $395 million, or $27.25 per share[1].

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