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Dillard’s Leaving Columbia Place Mall

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Retailer to close store Nov. 4; Dillard’s at Columbiana Centre to remain open

August 30, 2008

By Noelle Phillips – The State

Dillard’s will close its department store at Columbia Place before the holiday shopping season gets under way at Thanksgiving.

The Little Rock, Ark.-based chain, though, said it plans to keep open its other Midlands store at Columbiana Centre.

The 120 Dillard’s employees at Columbia Place were told Thursday the store would close Nov. 4 after 12 years, said Julie Bull, Dillard’s director of investor relations. Dillard’s will try to place as many workers as possible at its Columbiana store.

Columbia Place will be the 15th store closing in the Dillard’s chain this year. The company operates 320 stores.

“The economy does play a factor,” Bull said. “These stores are underperforming when compared to the rest of the company.”

It was too early to speculate on who will fill the 180,000-square-foot void, said Katie Reinsmidt, spokeswoman for the Columbia Place’s owner, CBL & Associates of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The space might be remodeled to house more than one store, she said. For example, the former JCPenney’s space at Columbia Pace was filled by Steve & Barry’s and Burlington Coat Factory last year.

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