Payless ShoeSource to close all of its remaining stores

It'll start liquidation sales on Sunday.
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Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource is shutting its remaining U.S. stores, with the closures numbering more than 2,100.

The news was announced on Friday by the Kansas-based chain, which has said it will start liquidation sales on Sunday and wind-down its online operations, USA Today reports.

All of its stores will stay open till at least the end of March, with most staying open until May.

By our count, Payless still has 14 locations in the Twin Cities metro, including at the Mall of America, Rosedale, Burnsville Center, Eden Prairie Center, and on Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis.

It also has around 30 locations outside of the metro, with several in each of the Rochester, Duluth and St. Cloud areas, with the rest dotted around the state, with many located inside Shopko stores.

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Payless has said that the company's franchise operations won't be affected by the closure, but 2,100-plus company-owned stores would be closed. It's not clear how many, if any, stores in Minnesota are franchise operations.

The beleaguered chain has more than 4,400 stores across 30 countries as of early 2017, but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April of that year, closing hundreds of stores in the process – including a handful in Minnesota.

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