Priscilla of Boston closes stores, shutting down operations

Boston -- High-end wedding dress maker and retailer Priscilla of Boston said Wednesday it will close at the end of the year. Its 19 store locations were shuttered on Wednesday, and its brands, which include Jewel by Priscilla of Boston and Platinum For Priscilla of Boston, also will be discontinued.

"After nearly 65 years of serving some of America's most beautiful brides, we have made the difficult decision to close our salons after a thorough review of the business environment," the company said in a statement.

Priscilla of Boston was owned by Federated Department Stores until 2007, when Federated sold Priscilla and the David's Bridal brand to private-equity firm Leonard Green & Partners.

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