5 Gordmans stores in MN will close, 1 will stay open

The Nebraska chain filed for bankruptcy protection last month.
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Discount retailer Gordmans will close five of its Minnesota stores, leaving just one open in the state.

The Nebraska-based chain filed for bankruptcy protection last month and announced a string of closures on Monday.

The five Minnesota stores that will close are in Burnsville, Roseville, Edina, Coon Rapids and Mankato. The only one staying open is in Woodbury.

The Woodbury store is one of around 50 of the more profitable locations bought by Texas-based Stage Stores for $76 million, according to a news release, and will continue to operate under the new ownership.

Announcing the purchase, Stage CEO Michael Glazer said the Gordmans business model offers "great potential" and should be a money-maker as it's no longer saddled with "a high level of debt, unprofitable locations and an oversized infrastructure."

"By acquiring Gordmans, we believe that we have an opportunity to benefit from its off-price competencies, deep connection with a youthful customer, and strong home and gifts businesses," he added.

Gordmans first entered the Minnesota market in 2005 with its Mankato store, the Star Tribune notes, and two of the stores that are closing – at Southdale in Edina and Coon Rapids – only opened in the past two years.

It's the latest in a series of recent retail closure announcements, with JCPenney, Radioshack and Gander Mountain all shuttering several Minnesota locations.

Further closures are possible at Sears and Kmart stores after the company's CEO said there's "substantial doubt" they'll be able to stay in business. Some GameStop locations are also at risk of being shuttered.

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