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Bose closing all stores in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 16, 2020
Bose plans to close its entire retail store footprint in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia.
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The company announced the decision and pointed to the fact that its headphones, speakers, and other products “are increasingly purchased through e-commerce” as the reasoning.

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Hundreds of employees will be laid off as a result.

Bose is shuttering its retail presence in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia “over the next few months.” That adds up to a total of 119 stores, according to a spokesperson.

“In other parts of the world, Bose stores will remain open, including approximately 130 stores located in Greater China and the United Arab Emirates; and additional stores in India, Southeast Asia, and South Korea,” the company told The Verge by email.

Bose says it’s offering outplacement assistance and severance to employees that are being laid off.