It is sad.
I think that the Henri Bendel boutique, with it's dedicated SAs, is now the official shop-in-shop and official US L'Artisan Boutique. I'm quite sure they will continue with Barneys, NM, Aedes, etc. who only have product, not boutiques.
I was always astounded that they opened so many US stores in very high rent areas. The ones in NYC were always super friendly and cool, but always super empty of customers.
I hope the restructuring of their US business makes them stronger.