A Pea in the Pod will close as its parent company works through bankruptcy. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Three Houston-area maternity stores will close by the end of March as their corporate owner undergoes a bankruptcy. The closures affect a Pea in the Pod in Rice Village, 2367 Rice Blvd., Destination Maternity in the Galleria, 5135 W. Alabama St., and Motherhood Maternity, 16205 City Walk, Sugar Land. The retailers, which sell pregnancy clothing, apparel and accessories, are owned by Destination Maternity, which filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 21 and announced it would closing stores as part of a restructuring, according to a news release. The company has 937 international locations, including 446 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Destination Maternity is in the middle of a bidding process for a buyout, and on Dec. 2 announced that global brand owner and marketer Marquee Brands had made an initial bid of about $50 million. 832-916-3832. www.apeainthepod.com
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.