Monday, November 10, 2008

Circuit City Files Bankruptcy

A week after announcing the closure of 155 stores Circuit City has filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and laid off an additional 700 people at its corporate headquarters for a total workforce reduction of 20 percent.

The press release released today
announced that Circuit City has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ("Bankruptcy Court") in Richmond, Va. The company plans to continue operating the business without interruption as management focuses on developing and executing a comprehensive corporate restructuring plan. Circuit City's Canadian operations also will be seeking protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada ("CCAA").

Filling for bankruptcy protection is a move that will
help keep suppliers like Sony, Microsoft, Toshiba, and many others who have yet to receive payment for their products, at bay while Circuit City tries to get back on track. The company has also secured a special debtors' line of credit to keep stores open and pay its employees during this time.

James A. Marcum, vice chairman and acting president and chief executive officer of Circuit City Stores, Inc., said, "We recently have taken intensive measures to overcome our deteriorating liquidity position. The decision to restructure the business through a Chapter 11 filing should provide us with the opportunity to strengthen our balance sheet, create a more efficient expense structure and ultimately position the company to compete more effectively. In the meantime, our stores remain fully operational, and our associates are focused on consistent and successful execution this holiday season and beyond.

"We appreciate the support we have received from our lenders in the midst of such a tight credit market. With this support, we believe we have the opportunity to leverage our market position and the strength of our brand to restore Circuit City to solid financial footing," continued Marcum.

"We understand how difficult the recent announcements have been on everyone at the company, and we recognize the changes personally affect many people. Further, we know there is never a good time for individuals to be impacted by decisions like these, and we deeply regret the effect this has on our associates. I want to thank them for their continued loyalty and dedicated effort as we go forward with the belief that implementing long-term and lasting change to our business will come by satisfying our customers, one at a time," concluded Marcum.

1 comment:

  1. My advice to those Circuit City peeps that lost their jobs, hit the jobs boards fast while there are still jobs posted - (professional networking) (aggregated listings) (matches jobs based on your skills)

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