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3 Bob’s Stores, 1 Eastern Mountain Sports on LI to close

Bob's Stores' West Islip location on Sunrise Highway

Bob's Stores' West Islip location on Sunrise Highway is seen Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The location is one of three Long Island Bob's stores that will close as part of a bankruptcy deal, according to court documents. Bob's corporate parent will also shut an Eastern Mountain Sports store in Carle Place. Credit: Ed Betz

Three Long Island stores belonging to clothing and footwear retailer Bob’s Stores, and one local store from outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Eastern Mountain Sports, face closure as part of a bankruptcy deal with a United Kingdom retailer, according to court documents.

Eastern Outfitters LLC, the corporate parent of the two chains, would close three Bob’s Stores, in East Northport, Selden and West Islip, according to the filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The stores range in size from 30,656 square feet to 35,450 square feet.

In addition, the 14,175-square-foot Eastern Mountain Sports store in Carle Place would be shuttered.

The only other Long Island outlet, a Bob’s Stores location in Patchogue, was not on the list of stores slated for closure.

Bankruptcy Court Judge Laurie Silverstein will consider the proposed store closings at a hearing on Thursday.

Eastern Outfitters and Bob’s Stores have 86 stores and 2,600 employees in the Northeast.

The store closings are part of a deal under which an affiliate of U.K. retailer Sports Direct International PLC would acquire Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports out of bankruptcy. Those chains sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February.

Eastern Outfitters, based in Meriden, Connecticut, was acquired in July 2016 by Philadelphia-based private equity firm Versa Capital Management LLC.

A Versa spokesperson declined to comment. An email seeking comment from Sports Direct was not immediately returned.

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