The discount retailer Gordmans will be closing its doors in the Red River Valley this year.
Stage Stores, which operates more than 750 stores, including 158 Gordmans, in 42 states, on Friday confirmed the closure of the Grand Forks and Fargo stores.
"As is common practice in the retail industry, Stage Stores reviews its store fleet on a regular basis to ensure we remain competitive and best positioned to provide options to our guests," the company said in an email. "As a result of our latest review, we have made the difficult decision to close the Gordmans in Grand Forks (and Fargo), N.D., in the near future. This decision was not made lightly, as Stage Stores knows its success is rooted in our loyal guests and dedicated associates."
A final closing date has not been set.
Gordmans first opened in Grand Forks and Fargo in 2001. The department store sells lower-priced clothing, home goods and beauty items.
The company said the Gordmans in Woodbury, Minn., also will be closing later this year. It appears other Gordmans North Dakota locations in Bismarck and Minot may be staying open at this time.
Other media outlets across the country are reporting local closures, including in Indiana and Illinois.
Gordmans Stores Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2017. Later that year Stage Stores, a Houston-based retailer, paid $75.6 million to take over the Gordmans stores that stayed open.
Gordmans is just one of several retailers to close in recent years. Bed, Bath and Beyond announced its pending closure last year and is currently in the process of closing. Kmart also closed its doors in 2019. In 2018, Sears closed in the Columbia Mall, which has also lost Macy's in recent years.