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Bakers Footwear

National retailer of shoe stores for women.

Headquarters:
2815 Scott Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
Employees: 400
CEO: Peter Edison

Website: http://www.bakersshoes.com

Bakers is a leading national mall-based retailer of fashionable shoes for hip, style-driven young women. The company also operates Wild Pair stores. Bakers offers the latest fashion merchandise at affordable prices. Customers can also purchase shoes from the Bakers website.

Bakers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 12 due to declining sales. It oBakers currently operates 236 mall-based stores in 37 states, including 220 Bakers stores and 16 Wild Pair stores.perates 213 Bakers and Wild Pair shoe stores. The company plans to close 150 stores this year and will have 63 remaining. Some of the closed stores will be sold to Aldo.

Bakers stores are targeted to women age 12-29. Wild Pair stores offer edgier, faster fashion-forward footwear that reflects the attitude and lifestyles of both women and men between the ages of 17 and 24.

The Company's merchandise includes private label and national brand dress, casual and sport shoes, boots, sandals and accessories.

History

The company was originally founded in 1926 and acquired in 1997 by the current chief executive officer, Peter Edison. In June 1999, the company teamed with the then existing management of Bakers, a footwear retailer created in 1924 by Edison Brothers Stores, Inc., to purchase selected assets of the Bakers and Wild Pair chains, including approximately 200 store locations and merchandise inventory from Edison Brothers.

The company went public in February 2004.

Updated November 20, 2012