Major retailer will close all stores, including seven in Minnesota

In recent decades, changes in the way people shop have led to a decline in the number of shopping centers. This shift has forced many well-known mall brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Express and Macy’s to close numerous stores due to the challenges presented by the evolving retail environment.

They are not the only ones facing this struggle. Many brick-and-mortar businesses are losing the battle with online shopping. A once-popular clothing store that currently operates more than 500 locations across the United States is the latest to pull the plug.

Can malls make a comeback?

I grew up in the 90s, before social media and smartphones took over. During that time, the mall was where my friends and I always hung out. It is quite sad to witness the gradual decline of shopping centers these days.

However, one shopping center is not giving up yet. A $400 million investment was made to create the “mall of the future” here in Minnesota.

Major retailer will close all stores, including seven in Minnesota

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After filing for bankruptcy three times, Rue21 has finally thrown in the towel. The company announced it is closing all of its stores, including seven in Minnesota.

The clothing store has locations in Albertville, Bemidji, Blaine, Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud and St. Paul.

Rue 21, which has more than 500 stores across 45 states, will close all locations within the next four to six weeks. Customers can expect significant foreclosure sales as the company looks to clear remaining inventory.

This announcement mirrors the fate of several other stores from the past. Check out the list below of stores that have closed in the United States. Do you remember shopping at one of them?

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