The A&s store on Pennsylvania Avenue is closing its doors over a homophobic slur that was posted on a department store bulletin board in October.
The gay slur, which was posted at the store’s bulletin board and posted online by someone who identified himself as an employee, has caused outrage on social media and prompted a petition to remove it.
The owner of the A&’s department stores told The Associated Press that the post was “offensive, insensitive and has no place in the workplace.”
The A&ts parent company, Sears Holdings Corp., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The retailer said in a statement that it is taking “a very personal and thoughtful approach” to the incident and that the employee responsible has been fired.
The A &s store in New York City opened in 1979 and has more than 30 locations in the United States and Canada.
The department store chain has been struggling with low sales and rising customer dissatisfaction over its management of gay employees and the company’s decision to fire some of them.
A&s is a chain of department stores that was founded in 1929 and has stores in 27 states.