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North Face, Columbia both closing their Uptown stores

The two retail stores on Hennepin Ave. will be gone before the month's over.

The retail scene in Uptown Minneapolis will soon be even more sparse, with another two big-name retailers shutting their doors there.

Both the North Face and Columbia, which specialize in outdoor wear, have just announced they'll be closing their Uptown locations this month, the Business Journal reports.  

The website notes Columbia's last day in business will be Jan 20.; the North Face's last day of operation isn't clear. Both have Hennepin Avenue addresses.

As for the North Face, the company says the decision to close the location "was not related to the reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue," according to the Southwest Journal. 

The neighborhood has been marked by numerous high-profile retail and restaurant closures in recent years. One of the most notable examples is Victoria's Secret, which closed in early 2018 after years at the corner of Lake St. and Hennepin. The space is still sitting empty. 

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It's not clear what will happen with the spaces currently occupied by North Face and Columbia.

North Face and Columbia will still have stores in the Twin Cities — including Mall of America locations — after the Uptown closures. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to both companies for comment 

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