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The Children’s Place In Wyoming Valley Mall To Close

January 3, 2019

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Another store in the Wyoming Valley Mall will close.

The Children’s Place announced in an email that its location in the Wilkes-Barre Twp. mall will close Jan. 27. A 60 percent off sale is being held at the store and if everything is sold before then, it could close sooner, a store official said.

A call to The Children’s Place corporate office was not returned on Wednesday.

The children’s apparel and accessories chain previously announced plans to close 300 locations by 2020 and grow its e-commerce presence.

The Children’s Place has more than 900 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Another store in the Shoppes at Montage in Moosic will remain open, a store official said.

The closing of The Children’s Place at the Wyoming Valley Mall follows the closure of two anchor stores, Sears and the Bon-Ton, which remain vacant.

It is unclear if there are any plans to fill the vacant spaces. Efforts to reach a spokesperson for mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) were not successful on Wednesday.

The Bon-Ton closed in August last year after liquidation sales leaving about 155,000 square feet of vacant space at the mall and about 100 employees out of work.

The 160-year-old company survived economic recessions and depressions but like several other brick-and-mortar retailers in recent years, it couldn’t survive the shift toward e-commerce led by Amazon.

The Bon-Ton was located in the Wyoming Valley Mall since 1987. It previously was Pomeroy’s. It followed the closing of the Sears store in the mall in July.

Sears announced it is starting 2019 by closing 80 more Sears and Kmart stores across the country by March.

That includes Kmart stores in Pittsburgh and Erie and Sears stores in Altoona, Greensburg and Lancaster. Kmart stores in Wilkes-Barre Twp. and Edwardsville remain open.

Contact the writer:

dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com, 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh

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