Filene’s Basement Closes

Filene’s Basement closed its doors around the country on Wednesday, but hosted one last blowout sale to mark the occasion. All merchandise was 80 to 90 percent off—a pair of Calvin Klein jeans cost $2—and a company spokesperson said they expected to sell all of the merchandise. Other items around the stores were up for sale too, including shelves, mirrors, and mannequins. The company’s chief executive said in a statement, “I want to express my appreciation to our employees, many of whom have devoted their careers to Syms and Filene’s Basement, for their loyalty and hard work. I also want to thank our educated consumers and bargain hunters for their dedicated support over many years.’’