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Clothing store Rue21 to close all Sacramento-area locations

Specialty retailer rue21 is closing all its stores in the Sacramento area, part of a plan to close about 400 stores nationwide.
Specialty retailer rue21 is closing all its stores in the Sacramento area, part of a plan to close about 400 stores nationwide. The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Specialty retailer Rue21 is closing all its stores in the Sacramento area, part of a nationwide plan to close about 400 stores.

The debt-plagued, Pennsylvania-based seller of casual apparel geared mostly to teens announced over the weekend that it would shut the stores. The company added that more than 600 stores remain open nationwide, and its website will continue to operate.

However, the impact in the greater Sacramento region is significant.

The Rue21 website lists upcoming store closures at Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights; Folsom Premium Outlets, 13000 Folsom Blvd.; Auburn Crossroads Shopping Center, 2580 Bell Road; Yuba Sutter Mall in Yuba City and Vacaville Premium Outlets.

With those closings, that means the closest Rue21 stores will be at Solano Mall in Fairfield, Sherwood Mall in Stockton and Century Plaza Shopping Center in Pittsburg, according to the Rue21 website.

The timing of the store closures is still up in the air; discount sales are in effect at sites designated for closure.

Like other U.S. retailers, Rue21’s brick-and-mortar stores have struggled to compete against Amazon.com and websites overseen by traditional mainstream retailers.

In an April 15 Facebook post, Rue21 called the store closures “a difficult but necessary decision.”

More information can be found at rue21.com.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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