A bah-humbug holiday continues to haunt America’s weaker retail chains.
At least three more apparel chains — Wet Seal, Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores — are running short of cash and on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection, The Post has learned.
A fourth chain, outdoor retailer Gander Mountain — some of whose vendors stopped talking orders — just hired financial adviser Lazard, several sources told The Post.
A Gander spokesman declined to comment.
For Wet Seal — owned by Versa Capital, a private equity firm — a poor holiday made it impossible to obtain new financing, according to a recent regulatory filing.
As a result, the ailing teen apparel retailer, which has already completed one trip through Chapter 11, is shutting its Irvine, Calif., headquarters and closing its 171 stores.