Sophistication Corner sells clothing, shoes, and accessories at a suburban location in Boston. Information for the just concluded calendar year follows.
Less: Variable Costs
Operating income (loss)
Management is considering closing the shoe operation because of the loss and expanding the space that is currently devoted to accessories sales. A salaried salesperson in the shoe department who earns $45,000 will be terminated; however, all other departmental fixed costs will continue to be incurred. Sophistication Corner will spend $16,000 on remodeling costs and anticipates that accessories sales will increase by $70,000. This additional sales revenue is expected to generate a 35% contribution margin for the firm. Finally, because clothing customers often purchased shoes and feel strongly about “one-stop shopping,” clothing sales are expected to fall by 15% if the shoe department is closed.
Determine whether the shoe department should be closed.