Gymboree files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The hits keep coming for the nation’s most prominent mall retailers.

San Francisco-based children’s clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. announced late Sunday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but at this time expects to “otherwise manage its day-to-day operations as usual.”

Gymboree operates 10 stores in Greater Washington under the names Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack and Crazy 8. The retailer has an inventory of nearly 1,300 stores across the U.S. and Canada. A company statement…