If you have any Linens ‘n Things gift cards sitting in a drawer or collecting dust on top of an old desk in your loft, use it now while you still can. The store is going out of business nationally and will be closing its doors at all locations. From the signs I’ve seen, hoisted by bored individuals at intersections likely paid minimum wage or lower, the store is offering its inventory up to 30% off — hardly a liquidation sale. Perhaps as the end draws nearer the deals will be more impressive. After all, in the past you could easily get 20% off on your purchase by bringing in a competitor’s coupon.
Does the world need both Linens ‘n Things and Bed, Bath and Beyond? You would think that competition would be good, but other than the name, as far as I could tell these two stores are exactly the same. In the stores I’ve seen, the floor layout is similar and the products are virtually identical. They accept each other’s coupons. Where I live, it’s common to see the two stores within 3,000 feet of each other.