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Christopher & Banks closing 100 stores

The women's clothing company based in Plymouth says it plans to close the stores by the end of January and will also lay off employees at its corporate office.
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The women's clothing company based in Plymouth says it plans to close the stores by the end of January and will also lay off employees at its corporate office.

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