FOR KIDS’ CLOTHES, NO ONE RETAILER HAS THE LOCK ON BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON THIS YEAR

Following Gymboree’s liquidation, parents are presented with a fragmented landscape to shop for kids clothing. Children’s Place is closing dozens of stores but is also trying hard to fill Gymboree’s void. There’s Carter’s, which also owns OshKosh B’gosh and sells a line of clothes exclusive to Amazon. Gap and Old Navy are two other popular back-to-school destinations. Beyond that, parents are scanning the aisles in places like Target, Walmart and Kohl’s. And department stores are expected to be the most-frequented stop this back-to-school season.