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Women's Clothing Chain Dressbarn to Close All 650 Stores

Updated: May 20, 2019 10:41 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores.

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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.

Ascena recently sold Duluth-based maurices.

The company did not say when Dressbarn will shut all its stores, which include one in Duluth's Miller Hill Mall. Dressbarn employs about 6,800 people.

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.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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