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National retailer closing four West Michigan stores

April 17, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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The national retailer Rue21 sells apparel for teens. Photo via wikimedia.org

Another national retailer is closing hundreds of stores, including four in West Michigan.

Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based Rue21 announced it will close more than 400 of its locations in the U.S. The company has more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., and reports suggest the company will focus on its online business.

Rue21 will close its stores at Tanger Outlets in Byron Center and Shops at CenterPoint in Grand Rapids. The RiverTown Crossings store in Grandville will remain open, according to Rue21's online store locator.

The retailer will also close stores at Riley Plaza in Holland and Maple Hill Pavilion in Kalamazoo.

Closure dates were not announced.

Retail trend

Retailers are struggling in 2017. Since the beginning of the year, Macy’s, Kmart, Sears, J.C. Penney Co. and Family Dollar have announced store closings in the region.

Locally, MC Sports and Family Christian have also filed for bankruptcy.

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