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Pendleton Woolen Mills, a Portland-based manufacturer of woolen apparel and blankets, is closing its three retail stores in Michigan.

The company’s Rochester Hills store will close by February, the Northville location will close by March and the Okemos store will close by the end of March, company spokeswoman Linda Parker confirmed Tuesday.

“Over time, after a lot of analysis and inspection, the sales and profitability haven’t been able to provide the performance that they needed,” she said.

Parker said the decision was not made lightly.

“A lot of people are affected by this — employees and loyal consumers,” she said.

Parker did not immediately have a figure for how many employees are impacted by the closures.

Pendleton Woolen Mills was founded in 1863. It manufactures and sells clothing, blankets, home decor and accessories.

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