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Steve & Barry's - Two times
Steve & Barry's - Two times
This defunct sportswear chain boasted rock-bottom prices and celebrity-designed duds from the likes of actress Sarah Jessica Parker and NBA player Stephon Marbury. What it didn't have was a sustainable business model.

Founded by a pair of college friends in the 1980s, the Port Washington, N.Y.-based Steve & Barry's grew quickly by undercutting rivals with prices below $10 and buying up big spaces for its stores. But its margins proved too thin, and the company defaulted on a loan from GE Capital in 2008, then filed for bankruptcy that July.

An investment firm bought the retailer in August for $163 million, but Steve & Barry's couldn't bounce back. It filed its second Chapter 11 in November of last year.

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Last updated August 25 2009: 10:25 AM ET
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