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Dressbarn closures include Belleville and Fairview Heights sites

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Stores that have been staples of the American shopping tradition for decades are closing in large numbers. Take a closer look at the reasons why it’s so hard for retailers to stay open.

Dressbarn has announced it will close all of its 650 stores nationwide, including two in the metro-east in Belleville and Fairview Heights. The closing date has not yet been set.

The Belleville location is in the Belleville Crossing shopping center at the intersection of Illinois 15 and Frank Scott Parkway and the Fairview Heights location is in the Crossroad Shopping Center at 10850 Lincoln Trail.

Dressbarn called the closures a “wind down” of its “value fashion” brand.

Steven Taylor, chief financial officer of Dressbarn, said in a statement, “This decision was difficult, but necessary, as the Dressbarn chain has not been operating at an acceptable level of profitability in today’s retail environment.”

Mahwah, N.J.-based Ascena Retail Group Inc., the parent company of Dressbarn, also operates Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Cacique and Justice stores.

Dressbarn was founded in 1962 in Stamford, Conn.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.
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