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Monday, September 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Women’s clothing chain Dressbarn to close all its 650 stores

UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Associated Press

NEW YORK – Dressbarn, the women’s clothing chain that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

The company’s chief financial officer, Steven Taylor, said Dressbarn has not been operating at an “acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.”

Its owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., says it wants to focus on its more profitable brands. Ascena also owns Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant and other clothing stores.

The company did not say when Dressbarn will shut all its stores. Dressbarn, which employs about 6,800 people, has locations in Northtown Square in north Spokane and in the at 15533 East Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley.

After the news was announced Monday, shares of Ascena Retail Group Inc. rose 2.6% to $1.17 in extended trading. Shares of the Mahwah, New Jersey-based company are down more than 50% so far this year.

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