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Parent company's bankruptcy will mean multiple store closings in Lincoln, across Nebraska
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Parent company's bankruptcy will mean multiple store closings in Lincoln, across Nebraska

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Ascena Retail Group's bankruptcy filing will mean a number of retail store closures in Nebraska.

The company owns a number of women's clothing retailers, including Ann Taylor, Catherines and Lane Bryant, as well as Justice, a kids and teens clothing store.

As part of its bankruptcy filing announced Thursday, Ascena said it will close all of its Catherines stores, including one in Lincoln at East Park Plaza and two in Omaha.

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It also will close more than 600 Justice stores, including the only one in Lincoln at Gateway Mall. Additional Justice store closings in Nebraska include four in the Omaha area, one at Nebraska Crossing in Gretna and one in Grand Island.

Lincoln will lose its Lane Bryant store at Gateway. That's the only one of those stores in Nebraska closing. Two locations in Omaha and one at the Gretna mall will remain open.

It does not appear the chain plans to close any of its Ann Taylor stores in the state. It has one store in Omaha and one at the outlet mall. The chain closed its only Lincoln store, Ann Taylor Loft at SouthPointe Pavilions, in 2016.

More closings could be coming. Ascena said it plans to close about 1,600 of its 2,800 stores but has only announced about 1,100 closings.

The company said store closing sales will start right away and are likely to last 30 to 60 days, depending on the location.

Ascena joins a long list of retailers that have filed for bankruptcy over the past couple of years and closed some or all of their stores. Among ones that either have closed or are in the process of closing stores in Lincoln are Gordmans, Forever 21, Dressbarn, Pier 1, Charming Charlie, Charlotte Russe, Sears and Shopko.

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

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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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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