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Banana Republic closing Lincoln store

Banana Republic closing Lincoln store

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SouthPointe Pavilions will be losing one longtime national retailer and picking up two local ones.

Lincoln's only Banana Republic store will be closing May 27, said Julie Lattimer, SouthPointe's marketing director.

Lattimer said the Lincoln store is a casualty of plans by Banana Republic's parent company, Gap Inc., to close close hundreds of stores nationwide.

Gap closed its Gap and Gap Kids stores that shared space at SouthPointe in January. That came after the company in December announced plans to close hundreds of underperforming stores.

Then in March, Gap announced plans to close an additional 230 stores over the next two years.

Banana Republic, like Gap, was one of the first tenants at SouthPointe, opening in the spring of 1999.

Another Gap-owned store at SouthPointe, Old Navy, will remain open.

The mall at 27th Street and Pine Lake Road is adding two local tenants.

Rocket Fizz, a franchised store that sells novelty sodas, candy and other items, opened at the mall Friday. It relocated from a spot in The Railyard at 601 R St.

In July, local clothing boutique h. flynn designs will relocate to SouthPointe from Gateway Mall.

The store, which sells ready-made and custom apparel for men, women and children, opened its first store at Gateway nearly two years ago after winning the mall's inaugural "Battle of the Pop-Up" contest.

“With the SouthPointe expansion with Scheels, we’re excited to see how we can take our brand to a whole new level as we continue to serve hundreds of families, schools, and other groups statewide,” Hayley Reed, h. Flynn's owner, said in a news release.

Lincoln stores that have closed or are slated to close

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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