Regency Beauty Institute on Wednesday abruptly closed its 79 cosmetology school locations, including one in Kansas City.
The area school is at U.S. 40 and Noland Road.
The manager of that location could not be immediately reached for comment, and it wasn’t known how many students attended the local school.
The school trained students in a number of services, including haircuts, styling, coloring, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and makeup application.
The company, which had been in business for 50 years, posted a statement on its website Wednesday that attributed the closing to a declining number of students, not having enough cash to run the business and “a negative characterization of for-profit education by regulators and politicians.”
In its statement, the company said: “This is not another case of a school being forced to shut down because it was accused of wrongdoing. We held ourselves to high educational and ethical standards. The environment is simply not one that allows us to remain open.”
Regency said it explored other options to try to remain open, but “unfortunately those efforts were not successful.”
Students can pick up personal items from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
The company said transcripts will be mailed to every current student, including any enrolled within the last 120 days.
Regency also said it is trying to line up teaching partners for its local students. It also suggested that students contact state cosmetology boards.
Regency is the second national for-profit school to close this month. ITT Technical Institute, which had two Kansas City area locations, closed earlier this month after the U.S. Department of Education banned it from enrolling new students who received federal financial aid.
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