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Rugged Bear chain closing all stores

By Jenn Abelson
Globe Staff / March 4, 2011

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Children’s clothing purveyor Rugged Bear is shuttering all 29 stores, and a liquidation sale is beginning today.

The Norwood chain filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, and Boston liquidator Gordon Brothers Group this week won court approval to oversee the going-out-of-business sale. There will be savings of up to 50 percent at stores across the Northeast, including local shops in Acton, Andover, Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Hanover, Hingham, Mashpee, Medway, Norwood, Sudbury, Wellesley, and Westborough.

The sale will continue until all merchandise is sold. Rugged Bear stores will honor gift cards, merchandise credits, and membership program benefits. All sales made on or after March 4 are final. Rugged Bear, founded in 1980, expanded across New England, New York, and New Jersey. “Our customers have shown extreme loyalty to us over the years,’’ Michael O’Hara, chief restructuring officer at Rugged Bear, said in a statement. “We hope that they take advantage of these incredible savings and stock up on play clothes and outerwear just in time for the start of spring.’’

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