The Rue 21 store at Salina’s Central Mall will be closing soon, according to an announcement on the Rue 21 corporate website.
In an additional statement on their website regarding the Salina store, the company said, “It’s true – we are closing this store. It was a difficult but necessary decision. Stop by and check out the deals before it’s too late. But the good news is we still have hundreds of locations across the country, and our website rue21.com, open for business!”
An exact closing date has not been given, but sources say the store will close in early June. Requests for comment from store management were referred to the Rue 21 corporate office in Pennsylvania.
“As part of our ongoing business transformation into a more cost efficient operator, we are closing unprofitable stores across our fleet in order to focus on our many hundreds of highly profitable locations,” the company said in their online statement . “The exact number and timing of these closings will be determined in the coming weeks, but a significant number of closing stores will be holding promotional sales this holiday weekend.”
News agency Reuters, citing anonymous sources, reported earlier this month that Rue 21 was preparing to file for bankruptcy. With that filing, Rue 21 would become the latest U.S. retailer to file for bankruptcy protection following recent filings by Radio Shack, Payless ShoeSource, Gordmans and Vanity.
In addition to the closure of Salina’s store, Rue 21 will also close three other additional locations in Kansas, including stores in Emporia, Hays, and at Wichita’s Towne West Square.
Rue 21 becomes the latest to vacate their Central Mall location. Since March, Radio Shack, Sears and Vanity have all shuttered their Salina stores.