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ALTON - National apparel retailer Christopher & Banks today announced it has filed for bankruptcy protection and says it could close all stores amid COVID-19, including the Alton store at 116 Alton Square in the mall.

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Christopher & Banks, which caters to women over 40, is the latest clothing chain to file for bankruptcy protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Minneapolis-based company announced Thursday it filed for Chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

The company said it launched a "store closing and liquidation process" and "is in active discussion with potential buyers" for the sale of its online business and related assets.

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