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Cranberry, Pa. — Teen clothing retailer Rue 21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide, including several in southeast Michigan, 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.

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.

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

Stores that will close in southeast Michigan: Crossroads Village, Canton; Waterside Marketplace, Chesterfield Township; Mall of Monroe, Monroe; Winchester Center, Rochester Hills; and Westridge Shopping Center, Westland.

Stores that will remain open in southeast Michigan: Fairlane Green, Allen Park; Tanger Outlet Center, Howell; South Branch Shopping Center, Lapeer; Macomb Mall, Roseville; Lakeside Mall, Sterling Heights; Southland Center, Taylor; Oakland Mall, Troy; and Hoover 11 Shopping Center, Warren.

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