Bed Bath & Beyond closing 63 stores, including 2 in N.J.

Bed Bath & Beyond is planning to shutter two New Jersey locations as part of 63 stores it will close by the end of this year, the company told USA Today.

The Union-based home goods retailer will close the stores in Howell (4075 Route 9) and Rockaway (202 Enterprise Dr.).

In July, Bed Bath & Beyond announced plans to permanently close about 200 stores over the next two years. This announcement appears to be the first iteration of that plan.

The company, which also operates Harmon Face Values, buybuy Baby, Cost Plus World Market and Christmas Tree Shops, said it’s to “right-size its real estate portfolio.”

The 200 store closures mostly will be Bed Bath & Beyond stores.

There are currently 36 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in New Jersey, according to its website. Stores in Sewell and Newton also have closed this year.

It has been a newsworthy year for Bed Bath & Beyond:

–The company agreed in February to sell its e-commerce flower and gifts business,, for $252 million.

–In March, it announced plans to cut 500 jobs as part of a restructure.

–In June, a WARN notice filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development showed the company had plans to lay off 148 employees, which was effective Aug. 22, with the city as Union, where Bed Bath & Beyond’s headquarters are located. The company is also reportedly looking to sell its Christmas Tree Shops and Cost Plus World Market stores.

The brick-and-mortar retail industry already had been suffering, but the coronavirus has wreaked additional havoc on chains.

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