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BLOOMINGTON — Women's clothing retailer Charlotte Russe is closing all of its stores, including the shop at Eastland Mall.

"Charlotte Russe at Eastland will be closing as a result of the company's bankruptcy filing," Stacey Keating, spokesman for CBL properties, which owns the Bloomington mall, said Thursday.

The San Francisco-based company owned and operated stores in 45 states, with many located in malls/shopping centers, according to the firm's website.

"Charlotte Russe has been on our internal watch list for several years, and the company's filing and subsequent store closures does not come as a surprise," said Keating. "Our leasing and specialty leasing teams have had this retailer in their sights and are evaluating both permanent and temporary replacements."

Lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret recently announced it would close 53 of its stores in North America after a rough holiday season.

But Keating said the Victoria's Secret store at Eastland is not closing, adding she is not aware of any plans for the Kay Jewelers store at the mall to close.

In an effort to cut costs and rebuild its business, Signet, the parent company to Zales, Jared's, Kay Jewelers and Piercing Pagoda, made a voluntary separation offer last month to its 3,400 corporate employees.


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Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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