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Filene's Basement dresses down
Filene's Basement dresses down
This bargain basement may have passed on a few too many deals to its customers. Filene's Basement filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May with assets of up to $100 million and liabilities of as much as five times that amount.

The company said the credit crunch coupled with consumers pulling back made its debt burden unmanageable.

Fellow discount retailer Syms agreed to pay $65 million for the company, which was actually founded in a Boston basement in 1909. Syms bought 23 of the retailer's 25 store leases as well as its inventory -- which includes everything from Seven jeans to Prada merchandise. The stores will continue to operate under the Filene's Basement name.

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Last updated September 25 2009: 2:55 PM ET
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