J. Crew has come under fire for its high prices.
Now the retailer is answering some of its critics by opening a new kind of store with discount prices.
The store, called, J. Crew Mercantile, features clothing “once only available in J. Crew Factory stores,” according to a statement from the company.
J. Crew Factory is the name of the company’s chain of outlet stores.
J. Crew Factory’s website mentions that more locations will open soon.
J. Crew acquired the name J. Crew Mercantile in spring 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal (via The Cut).
The new Mercantile chain comes at a tough time for J. Crew.
Even J. Crew’s basics are being criticised — in particular, one maligned sweater. But it wasn’t just outrageous designs and ill-fitting sweaters, as women also felt alienated by the delineation of quality. With high prices, people want equally high quality.
With its new chain, J. Crew might win back those who balk at its lofty price tags.
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