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Forever 21 store in Yuba City to close by April 1

Los Angeles-based retailer Forever 21 plans to close its store in Yuba City by April 1, laying off 56 workers.

Forever 21 at 905 Colusa Ave. in the Yuba Sutter Mall opened in August 2009, taking over an anchor spot once occupied by Gottschalks, which had to close amid bankruptcy proceedings. Fresno-based Gottschalks closed all its stores by July 2009.

The pending Forever 21 layoffs and store closure were outlined in a standard “WARN Act letter” that Forever 21 Retail Inc. sent to the state Employment Development Department, dated Feb. 2. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires large businesses to give early warning of layoffs and closures.

The retailer said employees at the Yuba City store were informed of the closure on or about Feb. 1.

The letter to EDD noted that the affected employees “may be given the opportunity to transfer to other Forever 21 stores.”

Founded in 1984, Forever 21 says it operates more than 700 stores in 48 countries.

However, like other retailers, Forever 21 has been closing stores amid an ultracompetitive fashion/apparel market that includes large online operators such as Amazon.com.

The retailer also has filed notice that it will close Forever 21 stores in Hanford in San Joaquin County and in Jacksonville, Fla., with a combined 114 jobs.

In January, Forever 21 closed a 120,000-square-foot store in San Luis Obispo, laying off about 70 employees. That store also was a former Gottschalks site.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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