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Rue21 to close Hays store, 2 others in Kansas

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Teen fashion store Rue21 will close the Hays store as well as two others in Kansas, according to the company's website.

Reuters news, citing anonymous sources, reported earlier this month the company was preparing to file for bankruptcy. The company faces large debt and declining foot traffic, according to the report.

Store locator information on the Rue21 website for the Hays, Salina and Emporia stores includes a note that says, “It’s true — we are closing this store. It was a difficult but necessary decision.”

Rue21 has 1,194 stores across the country, according to its website. The Hays store is located in Big Creek Crossing, 2918 Vine.

Juno Ogle has worked at The Hays Daily News since 1999 as a reporter, copy editor and graphic designer. She covers area businesses and events, and higher education, among other topics.