CRANBERRY, Pa. — Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide, including one in Fort Wayne, as it focuses more on its online business.
The privately held company is shuttering nearly 400 stores, leaving it more than 700 stores in 48 states. It's closing its Orchard Crossing store at 1034 Thomas Road, according to the company's website. Its Glenbrook Square store at 4201 Coldwater Road will remain open.
The company is based in Cranberry, north of Pittsburgh. In a Facebook post, it called the decision to close the stores "difficult but necessary." Like many brick-and-mortar retailers, it has been battling declining mall traffic amid strong competition online.
The company didn't say how soon the stores will close, though its website is promoting store-closing sales.