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The Body Shop Closes All US Stores and Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Published March 15, 2024
Published March 15, 2024

When announcing that The Body Shop Canada Ltd. would close 33 stores and halt its e-commerce operations as it seeks to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the company said The Body Shop US Limited would cease operations.

WHO: Founded in 1976 by the late businesswoman and human rights activist Anita Roddick and her husband Gordon, The Body Shop pioneered ethical consumerism and argued that business could be a force for good. Today, The Body Shop has 10,000 employees across 3,000 stores in about 70 countries and sells skincare, bodycare, and haircare products.

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS: "It is understood that the North American and Australasian businesses are now counted as creditors to the UK arm and may have to wait months for any payment via FRP," according to a report from The Guardian.


  • On March 9, The Body Shop filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the US and ceased trading at its 50 outlets. Assets will be sold off to clear debts, putting about 400 jobs at risk, including those in a distribution center that still holds millions of dollars worth of stock.
  • On March 1, The Body Shop Canada Ltd. announced the closure of 33 stores and halted its e-commerce operations as it seeks to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. 
  • The company The Body Shop Germany GmbH submitted a corresponding application to the Düsseldorf District Court on February 14.
  • The Body Shop UK business entered administration in early February, appointing FRP Advisory to oversee the process. 
  • In November 2022, former brand owner Natura &Co made a deal to sell The Body Shop to the Aurelius Group in a $254 million deal.
  • L'Oréal sold The Body Shop to Natura &Co in 2017 in a $1.1 billion deal.
  • Anita Roddick sold The Body Shop to L'Oréal in 2006 for $1.14 billion.

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