Teen retailer Rue21 closing 400 stores, including 3 in our region

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP/WJHL) – Teen clothing retailer Rue 21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide, including some northeast Tennessee locations.

The privately held company is shutting nearly 400 stores, leaving it more than 700 stores in 48 states.

The company says it wants to focus more on its online business.

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.

The following locations are closing in our region:

  • Elizabethton – 163 Hudson Drive
  • Greeneville – 1327 Tusculum Blvd
  • Kingsport- 2101 Fort Henry Drive
  • Norton, VA – 708 Commonwealth Drive
  • Knoxville: 4231 Sam Walton Way
  • Alcoa: 207 Hamilton Crossing Drive
  • Crossville: 114 N. Main Street


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