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Popular teen retailer Rue21 is closing all Michigan locations and filing for bankruptcy

Some recent sad news for buyers in Mid-Michigan. A once-popular clothing retailer will close its Mid-Michigan locations at Westwood Mall in Jackson and Meridian Mall in Okemos.

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If you were a teenager or know someone who was a teenager in the last 20 years, you've probably heard of this store. Heck, you probably shopped there. And soon you won't be able to…

Rue21 is officially closing its doors.

Teen clothing store Rue21 is closing

Rue21, a Pennsylvania-based clothing retailer specializing in teen clothing, is closing not only its stores in Okemos and Jackson, but also all locations in Michigan. In fact, all 540 locations across the country will be closed.

According to MLive, Rue21 recently filed for bankruptcy for the third time in 21 years, the first two cases occurring in 2003 and 2017.

I'm sure a lot of people will be sad to see Rue21 go. I remember shopping there as a teenager and if I ever needed a graphic t-shirt for a concert, they definitely had it.

Rue21 is closing all locations in Michigan

In Michigan, 19 of the 540 stores are closed. In addition to Okemos and Jackson, other locations include Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Birch Run, Flint Township, Port Huron, Kentwood, Grandville, Mount Pleasant, Norton Shores, Novi, Portage, Roseville, Saginaw Township, Taylor, Troy, Alpine Township and Labyrinth.

It is not known exactly when the Okemos and Jackson locations will close. But in the next four to six weeks, all Rue21 locations will close.

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