Eddie Bauer Plans 15 New Stores

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Spiegel Inc. received court permission to open 15 new Eddie Bauer stores, a spokeswoman for Eddie Bauer said yesterday.


After months of speculation that a buyer for Eddie Bauer would be announced, Spiegel said last month that it will file a reorganization plan for Eddie Bauer in the first quarter or sooner.


No locations or dates for the store openings have been determined.


Opening stores during bankruptcy reorganization is rare, the spokeswoman said.


Spiegel, Downers Grove, IL, filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2003. Though it has failed to receive any satisfactory offers for Eddie Bauer, it may still sell the chain.


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