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Two CNY Rue21 stores among hundreds to close nationwide

Teen retailer Rue 21 closing 400 stores (File photo: MGN Online)

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) -- Teen clothing retailer Rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide - including two locations in Central New York - 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.

Among the locations that will close are the Rue21 store at the Great Northern Mall in Clay and a store on Bennie Road in Cortland, NY, according to the company's website.

Two other CNY locations in Waterloo and Auburn do not appear to be part of the closures.

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.

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The company didn't say how soon the stores will close, though its website is promoting store-closing sales.

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