Dillard's Among Contenders Looking to Replace Duluth Younkers, Sears

Taylor Holt
Updated: August 20, 2018 07:06 PM

Within the next month, Duluth will be saying goodbye to several businesses including Younkers in the Miller Hill Mall. As far as who will take the store's place, a mall representative tells us the Arkansas-based company Dillard's could be a contender.

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A spokesperson says Dillard's is among the companies that have been looking at the property, however, as of now there has been no confirmation of sale of either the Younkers or Sears to anyone.

The spokesperson says there's been a lot of traffic with several companies looking at the possibility of buying the properties, including Dillard's.

According to Dillard's website, they operate almost 300 locations. There currently aren't any stores in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

A Duluth store would be among the company's most northern stores, along with two locations in Montana.

In the meantime, store closing sales are moving toward their last days for the two mall anchor stores following closure announcements.

Younkers announced they would be closing back in April. As of Monday, it's only a week until they officially shut their doors and end sales.

Sears and the Kmart in west Duluth announced in June they would close in early September. 

Local residents say the news is reassuring. 

"You can't lose big chains like that and not be effected economically. It gives people an opportunity to continue to shop at our mall and also, it means they don't have to go to the Cities for some higher end products," said Carl Macioce, who lives in Hermantown.

For some, the losses are a sad reality of the future of shopping malls.

"In the larger stores like that, they face a similar problem that all big stores do people are shopping a lot online," said Bill Foreman, who lives in Duluth. "I think it's tragic when you see buildings being torn down."

The hopes for the future of the mall remain high.

"Something else always seems to come in," said Foreman.

Eyewitness News reached out to Dillard's for comment but did not hear back by newstime. 


Taylor Holt

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