Pa.-based teen retailer Rue 21 closing 400 stores

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 17, 2017 9:29 AM

(Cranberry) -- Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business.

The privately held company is shuttering nearly 400 stores, including one in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, leaving it more than 700 stores in 48 states.

The company is based in Cranberry, north of Pittsburgh.

In a Facebook post , it called the decision to close the stores "difficult but necessary."

The store at the Fairlane Village Mall in Pottsville is on the list, along with 10 others in Pennsylvania.

Like many brick-and-mortar retailers, it has been battling declining mall traffic amid strong competition online.

The company didn't say how soon the stores will close, though its website is promoting store-closing sales.


Below is the complete list of closings in Pennsylvania:

Indiana Mall -- Indiana

Grove City Premium Outlets --Grove City

Shenango Valley Mall -- Hermitage

Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills --Tarentum

Tanger Outlet Center --Washington

Nittany Mall --State College

Exton Square Mall -- Exton

Richland Marketplace --Quakertown

Cranberry Mall -- Cranberry Township

Oxford Valley Mall -- Langhorne

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