KENNEWICK -- Young adults and teens will have one less place to shop as Anchor Blue plans to close the doors of its Columbia Center mall location soon.
"It's kind of sad," store assistant manager James Nixon said Friday.
Citing company policy, he declined to say how many people will lose their jobs when the store closes.
The Corona, Calif.-based chain is closing all its 117 stores nationwide, according to a news release.
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Although the release gave no reason for the closure, Nixon said the company was not meeting its financial standards and goals.
The local store is the only one in Eastern Washington. Nixon thought the store has been at the mall since about 1994.
Anchor Blue stores nationwide started closing sales Jan. 7, and those sales will continue until all merchandise is sold.
No firm closure date has been set for the mall store, Nixon said.
The stores are offering savings of from 40 to 60 percent off on all merchandise ranging from jackets, hoodies and pants to jewelry, fragrances and swim wear.
"As a way of expressing our appreciation for their years of patronage, we encourage all of our loyal customers to take advantage of the tremendous savings across all locations," Tom Shaw, chief executive officer of Anchor Blue Retail Group, said in the release.
Store fixtures such as shelving soon will go on sale as well, Nixon said.
Scott Battishill, spokesman for the mall, said mall management already is on filling the Anchor Blue store space.
All Anchor Blue stores will honor gift cards until Jan. 21. Returns on purchases made before Jan. 7 with a receipt and in compliance with the store's return policy will be accepted until Jan. 21.
The company started as Miller's Outpost in 1972, and changed its name to Anchor Blue in the late 1990s to reflect the fact it sold its own line of apparel and accessories.