Z Gallerie Files for Bankruptcy Again, Looks for Buyer 

Z Gallerie has filed for bankruptcy a third time, citing “severe liquidity constraints” due to underperforming stores and macro issues.

Z Gallerie has filed for bankruptcy due to “severe liquidity constraints” resulting from “underperforming retail stores, adverse macroeconomic trends and industry-specific headwinds,” according to documents filed by the retailer. It has received a $1.1 million line of credit to maintain operations during the bankruptcy process. 

This is the third time Z Gallerie has filed for Chapter 11. The saga began in 2009, with the brand’s first filing, and then in 2019 it was acquired by DirectBuy, a discount home goods membership club, which had recently been acquired by parent company CSC Generation. In the most recent bankruptcy filing, Z Gallerie listed 21 stores and roughly 250 employees as assets. 

Citing macro conditions such as a stagnant housing market and pandemic-era supply chain hiccups, the home décor retailer revealed that it owes between $50 million and $100 million to between 200 and 999 creditors. Beyond mounting debts for retail landlords and logistics providers, the retailer owes $1.3 million to Federal Express; $1.1 million to AT&T; and nearly $400,000 to Google. 
The filing was sparked by Z Gallerie’s dwindling cashflow, which has fallen below $500,000. To get the business back on track, leadership has retained M&A firm Stump & Company to market Z Gallerie assets and find a potential buyer. If the efforts for a strategic sale are unsuccessful, the brand’s assets will be liquidated.