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Eddie Bauer to close Lloyd Center store

The Columbian
Published: December 31, 2014, 4:00pm

PORTLAND — Eddie Bauer’s store at Portland’s Lloyd Center mall, like many other shops this time of year, is now plastered with signs proclaiming deep discounts. But the bright green signs at the Eddie Bauer store advertise a different kind of sale: The store is closing.

Neither the Bellevue-based company, nor the mall immediately responded to inquiries about the Lloyd Center site, and store managers declined to comment.

Companies routinely close underperforming stores. That is the reason Nordstrom cited when it announced the closure of two of its Portland-area stores, including its Lloyd Center location.

Still, it’s unclear whether this Eddie Bauer store will close altogether or move to a different location within the mall. And there’s no word on what will occupy the space, on the mall’s second level near Macy’s (which overlooks the ice rink), when Eddie Bauer leaves.

The closure comes just before the mall plans to start on its interior renovation projects, which include shrinking and shifting the ice rink. The changes are part of a $50-million, 18-month remodel aimed at making the aging mall a more inviting place to shop.