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Fate of nine Rue21 stores in the Upstate unclear

Teen clothing chain Rue21 isn’t saying whether it plans to close any of its nine stores in the Upstate — at least not now — though its website indicates they may all stay open.

April 18, 2017

by Rudolph Bell

Teen clothing chain Rue21 isn’t saying whether it plans to close any of its nine stores in the Upstate — at least not now — though its website indicates they may all stay open.

In a statement to UBJ, the Warrendale, Pa.-based chain acknowledged plans to close unprofitable stores but didn’t say which ones or how many.

“As part of our ongoing business transformation into a more cost efficient operator, we are closing unprofitable stores across our fleet in order to focus on our many hundreds of highly profitable locations,” the chain said. “The exact number and timing of these closings will be determined in the coming weeks.”

The retailer’s website lists two stores each in Greenville and Spartanburg and one store each in Easley, Anderson, Seneca, Gaffney, and Greenwood.

The website also lists a store in Hendersonville, N.C., and categorizes it as a “closing store.” Those words, however, do not appear on the website entries for any of the nine Upstate stores.

The Associated Press reported that Rue21 is shuttering nearly 400 stores, leaving more than 700 others in operation across the country.

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