As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 28, 2020
Registration No. 333-            
Kirkland’s, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
5310 Maryland Way, Brentwood, Tennessee
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

2002 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated
(Full title of plan)

Carter Todd
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
5310 Maryland Way
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
(615) 660-1300
(Name, address and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

Copies to:

Mitch Walker, Esq.
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
150 Third Avenue South, Suite 2800
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 742-6200

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” "smaller reporting company," and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer
Accelerated filer
Non-accelerated filer
Smaller reporting company
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. ☐

Title of Securities
to be Registered
to be
Registered (1)(2)
Offering Price
Per Share (3)
Aggregate Offering Price
Amount of
Registration Fee
Common Stock, no par value per share
Pursuant to Rule 416(a) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this registration statement also covers an indeterminate number of additional shares which may be offered and issued under the 2002 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated (the “ESPP”) to prevent dilution resulting from stock splits, stock dividends or similar transactions.
Represents 35,000 shares of common stock available for issuance as a result of the annual evergreen increase for 2020 pursuant to the ESPP.
Estimated in accordance with Rule 457(h)(1) and (c) under the Securities Act of 1933 solely for the purposes of calculating the registration fee, based on the average of the high and low prices of the Registrant’s common stock reported on February 26, 2020, as reported by The Nasdaq Stock Market.


Registration of Additional Securities

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 (this “Registration Statement”) is filed pursuant to General Instruction E of Form S-8 for the purpose of registering 35,000 additional shares of Common Stock, issuable pursuant to the Kirkland’s, Inc. 2002 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended and restated (the “ESPP”), as a result of the ESPP's evergreen increase for 2020 as determined by our Board of Directors. In accordance with General Instruction E of Form S-8, the content of Registrant’s previously filed Registration Statements on Form S-8 (File No. 333-100157), as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 27, 2002, Form S-8 (File No. 333-217082), as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2017, and Form S-8 (File No. 333-230619), as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 29, 2019, are hereby incorporated herein by reference.

The ESPP includes an evergreen provision that provides that the total number of shares reserved for issuance under the ESPP will be increased on January 1 of each calendar year for a period of up to ten years, commencing on January 1, 2017 and ending on (and including) January 1, 2026, in an amount equal to the lesser of (i) .5% of the total number of shares of Common Stock of the Company outstanding on December 31st of the preceding calendar year, and (ii) 35,000 shares of Common Stock; provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors may determine prior to any January 1 annual increase that there will be no such increase for such year, or that the annual increase shall be a lesser number of shares of Common Stock than would otherwise occur pursuant to the evergreen provision of the ESPP.

Item 8. Exhibits.

The following exhibits are furnished as part of this Registration Statement:
*    Filed herewith

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Company certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Form S-8 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Brentwood, State of Tennessee, on this 28th day of February 2020.

Kirkland’s, Inc.
/s/ Carter R. Todd
Carter R. Todd
Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Carter R. Todd, as his or her true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and re-substitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, in connection with this registration statement, including to sign and file in the name and on behalf of the undersigned as director or officer of the registrant any and all amendments or supplements (including any and all stickers and post-effective amendments) to this registration statement, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith with the Securities and Exchange Commission and any applicable securities exchange or securities self-regulatory body, granting unto said attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and things requisite or necessary to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorney-in-fact and agents, or any substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
/s/ Steve C. Woodward
Chief Executive Officer
February 28, 2020
Steve C. Woodward
(Principal Executive Officer)
/s/ Nicole A. Strain
Chief Financial Officer
February 28, 2020
Nicole A. Strain
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
/s/ R. Wilson Orr, III
February 28, 2020
R. Wilson Orr, III
/s/ Miles T. Kirkland
February 28, 2020
Miles T. Kirkland
Steven J. Collins
/s/ Jeffery C. Owen
February 28, 2020
Jeffery C. Owen
/s/ Susan S. Lanigan
February 28, 2020
Susan S. Lanigan
/s/ Charlie Pleas, III
February 28, 2020
Charlie Pleas, III
/s/ Chris Shimojima
February 28, 2020
Chris Shimojima

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