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Clothing store in St. Clair Square might be closing

A sign outside the entry to the Aeropostale clothing store inside St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights indicates the store is closing, but no one knows precisely when or even if closure is a sure thing.
A sign outside the entry to the Aeropostale clothing store inside St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights indicates the store is closing, but no one knows precisely when or even if closure is a sure thing.

Most signs point to the imminent closure of the Aeropostale store inside St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights.

A “store closing” sign was posted Thursday outside the store.

A company statement indicated only 229 of its stores would remain in “go-forward” status following bankruptcy and a selloff of hundreds of its properties.

Store assistant manager Rachel Horchoff said employees were expecting to learn the fate of their store last week, but the notice never came. She said she expects word to come in the coming days.

She added that closure of the Fairview store would mean all the Aeropostale stores in the district also would close. The Fairview Heights store is in the same district as all of the St. Louis stores.

Meantime, all Aero stores still in business were instructed to begin offering deep discounts.

“Sales began at all stores on Sept. 6, 2016, offering customers the same promotions and discounts, regardless of whether the store will move forward,” a company statement said. “For locations not currently intended to be go-forward stores, the sales will be promoted as store closing sales, even though some of these stores may potentially remain open.”

Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

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