Payless ShoeSource Closing All U.S. Stores

February 15, 2019 16:29 pm · 20 comments

Payless ShoeSource plans to close all of its roughly 2,100 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, in what is likely to be the largest ever retailer liquidation, the Wall Street Journal reported citing a source close to the situation.

Liquidation sales are expected to start as early as next week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Payless filed for bankruptcy in 2017, and plans to file again this month.

Payless has three locations in Concord; On Clayton Rd. near K-Mart, in the Park & Shop shopping center on Willow Pass Rd., and inside the Sunvalley Mall.

concord ygnacio February 15, 2019 at 4:55 PM

I love Payless. They do (or used to?) have a lifetime satisfaction guarantee on their items. They have lots of large and wide shoe sizes. Why do they have to close?

S February 15, 2019 at 5:15 PM

cause times are a’ changin’… people’s egos won’t let them wear shoes from payless…. I buy shoes there… they will be missed…

concord ynbacio February 15, 2019 at 5:35 PM

Yep, people won’t buy (or admit to getting) shoes from there. It’s a shame.

Qwerty February 15, 2019 at 5:58 PM

I wore those shoes for 25 years. Thank you Payless!

Little Toe February 16, 2019 at 6:31 AM

The kids are all wearing Vans or Nikes and those aren’t expensive. Surprised Payless has hung on this long.

Dr. Jellyfinger February 15, 2019 at 6:19 PM

I quit shopping there years ago…. too expensive for crappy shoes.

Big 5 is the place to get good tennis shoes, work boots, hiking or running shoes, etc. at a decent price.

Bob February 15, 2019 at 11:40 PM

I second the Big 5 love

ZZ February 15, 2019 at 7:42 PM

They say it’s because of on line shopping. I don’t know how anyone can buy a pair of shoes without trying them on first.

S February 15, 2019 at 8:46 PM

gotta be more than that. I buy from them online too… I dont think they are just closing stores and will still sell online, I think they are defunked. ???

concord ygnacio February 16, 2019 at 2:21 AM

@ZZ:

You buy them at Payless online and they ship to the store free, or your home if you spend $50+. You try them on at the store, and if they don’t fit, the store sends them back for free and gives you a refund.

For Zappos, shipping both ways is free.

concord ygnacio February 16, 2019 at 2:25 AM

@S:

Yep. They are closing both stores and online. Various news outlets are reporting:

“Payless also plans to shut down its online store. The company could file for bankruptcy for a second time by the end of the month, according to reports.”

ZZ February 16, 2019 at 9:10 AM

@concord Ygnacio My point is when I try on shoes I want the right look and feel. Sometimes I’ll try on 10 different pairs until I find what I like. (I’m not going to order 10 pairs of shoes on line). I don’t want to spend more than I need for free shipping. Also sending back shoes (or anything) purchased on line is a pain. If you leave it outside your door for pickup you run the risk of porch pirates stealing it. And why order on line for “convenience” if I physically go into the store to return them.

concord ygnacio February 16, 2019 at 2:31 PM

@ZZ: Your point are well taken.

“when I try on shoes I want the right look and feel. Sometimes I’ll try on 10 different pairs until I find what I like. (I’m not going to order 10 pairs of shoes on line).”

Most people know in advance what shoes they will like, from the online pictures and reviews They also know what size will most likely fit them.

“I don’t want to spend more than I need for free shipping. Also sending back shoes (or anything) purchased on line is a pain. If you leave it outside your door for pickup you run the risk of porch pirates stealing it. And why order on line for “convenience” if I physically go into the store to return them.”

I order online not for the convenience, but because out of price or necessity. Often, Walmart or amazon have the lowest price, but you have to order online. For Walmart, shipping is free to the store, so I go there. For amazon, my purchases usually come to $25 anyway, so I get free shipping. Some people are Prime members too, so they always get free two-day shipping on Prime items.

I also have a hard to find shoe size, so no store has shoes in my size to try on. That is a luxury for me. You have to order them online and try them on when they arrive at the store. They will ship it back themselves for free and issue you a refund.

As for porch pirates, I just drop the packages off at the UPS Store or post office. I only order from places that have free return shipping, and use the box they came in for the return. I just need a piece of packing tape.

J S February 15, 2019 at 8:11 PM

Oh no! I like buying my kid’s running shoes there coz it’s not expensive and it fits her well. Bummer

Betty February 15, 2019 at 8:32 PM

Bummer!! I used to shop there all the time in high school and now I buy my kid his shoes there (he grows so fast I can’t stomach paying for shoes he’s going to outgrow before we get home!!). Bummer!!!

Bill Bob February 16, 2019 at 1:30 AM

I am sorry about Payless, but am also irritated by the miles of dumpy, half-inhabited strip malls we have in Concord almost all of which should be housing instead.

Kentucky Derby February 16, 2019 at 8:07 AM

By closing, they’re actually doing a lot of people a favor. As popular and inexpensive as they are, you should never buy cheap shoes. It’s too hard on your feet.

Cheap shirt or a pair of pants. Sure, why not. But save your money and buy quality shoes. Your feet will thank you.

Well Folks February 16, 2019 at 8:48 AM

Why buy cheapy crappy plastic shoes at Payless when you can buy good shoes for a few buck more at DSW? Payless screwed themselves when the raised prices but not quality

leandra foster February 16, 2019 at 9:56 AM

I used to buy shoes there but stopped because their shoes fell apart too easy.

Ming February 16, 2019 at 11:46 AM

No loss there. Cheap uncomfortable shoes that hurt my feet? No thank you. Don’t like to feel pain.
Love Macys and Dsw.

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