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BLOOMINGTON — Three clothing stores at Eastland Mall are set to leave their current locations — one for remodeling and two for good.

Deb, a women's clothing retailer, and teen-focused Hollister are set to close. Maurices, also a women's clothing store, will relocate as part of a $289,000 remodeling project, according to a building permit filed with the city of Bloomington. 

Corporate spokesmen from Deb and Maurices did not respond to requests for comment. All Deb locations will close this spring after the company filed for bankruptcy in December.

A spokesperson with Hollister parent company Abercrombie and Fitch confirmed the Bloomington store will close Saturday. The company previously announced it would close 180 stores nationwide.

"We continue to close underperforming stores, closing approximately 60 stores during 2014," the spokesperson said via email. "The brand will continue to operate stores in the surrounding area."

Hollister opened at Eastland Mall in March 2008 after it was "our No. 1 requested store," said then-mall marketing director Gayle Gleespen. Gleespen said the store was in "our prime location" in the area between J.C. Penney and Sears.

Sean Phillips, St. Louis regional marketing director with mall owner CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., of Chattanooga, Tenn., referred questions about the closures to the retailers.

The exact date of Deb's closure has not been announced, but the company notes in a "going out of business" ad on its site that it will stop accepting returns Feb. 6 and gift cards March 8. No further dates are listed. The Eastland store is near M.C. Sports.

Maurices is set to move from its current location next to Bergner's to a larger storefront across the aisle.

Phillips said despite the closures, the number of stores at the mall has grown since 2010.


Normal and McLean County Reporter

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