Another week, another vacancy for malls across America to fill. Less than two weeks after Express filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to reduce their footprint, another fast fashion retailer is calling it quits.

Express filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 22 and said that they plan to close about 95 of their 323 remaining locations. They do have investors interested in trying to save the company and getting out of leases at these underperforming stores could help Express position itself for success when they come out on the other side. 


That’s not the case for Rue21, which recently filed for bankruptcy for the third time since 2003. According to Reuters, the company did try to sell the brand but no one was interested in buying it at a price higher than what it would earn by liquidating all of its remaining merchandise. They estimate that the teen-focused clothing brand is carrying approximately $194.4 million in debt. Rather than try to survive any longer, they plan to all of their 541 locations. CNN believes that the closures will happen quickly, with the stores closing for good within four to six weeks.

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The news outlet says that Rue21 could not overcome the challenges that many mall based retailers faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many teen shoppers turned to online shopping for products similar to what they sold and never came back when the stores tried to resume normal operations. 

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Retailer Rue 21 To Close All 540 Stores Amid 3rd Bankruptcy
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The announcement is a big blow to Boise Towne Square Mall, a Rue21 takes up a large suite on the second floor of the mall near Dillards. There are two vacant storefronts between Rue21 and the department store and another across the way between the Pro Image and Aeropostale. The chain also operates locations at Grand Teton Mall in Idaho Falls and Magic Valley Mall in Twin Falls. 

Rue21 also had stores at these other locations in our region:

  • The Outlet Collection - Auburn, Washington
  • Colonnade Shopping Center - Kennewick, Washington
  • South Hill Mall - Puyallup, Washington
  • Wenatchee Valley Mall - East Wenatchee, Washington
  • Grants County Mall - Moses Lake, Washington
  • Spokane Valley Mall - Spokane, Washington
  • Layton Hills Mall - Layton, Utah
  • Provo Towne Center - Provo, Utah
  • Jordan Landing - West Jordan, Utah
  • The Shoppes at Lake Park - West Valley, Utah
  • Valley Fair Mall - West Valley, Utah
  • Shasta Outlets - Anderson, California
  • Moreno Valley Mall - Moreno Valley, California
  • Commons at Madera Fair - Madera, California
  • Jess Ranch Marketplace - Apple Valley, California
  • Southbay Pavilion - Carson, California
  • Lake Elsinore Outlets - Lake Elsinore, California
  • Chico Mall - Chico, California
  • Northridge Mall - Salinas, California
  • Delano Marketplace - Delano, California
  • Santa Maria Town Center - Santa Maria, California
  • Solano Mall - Fairfield, California
  • Garden Vineyard Plaza - Selma, California
  • Folsom Premium Outlets - Folsom, California
  • Tulare Outlet Center - Tulare, California
  • Page Plaza - Hemet, California
  • Monte Vista Crossings - Turlock, California 
  • High Desert Gateway - Hesperia, California
  • Vacaville Premium Outlets - Vacaville, California
  • Lake Elsinore Outlets - Lake Elsinore, California

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