Dillard’s at Eastwood Mall to be converted to clearance outlet

Executives mentioned that they were considering converting the store to a different format, referring to the new model as a “Clearance Center"

Roughly 10 Dillard's employees in Niles said they had been told the location was closing January 31

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – The Dillard’s department store at the Eastwood Mall will be converted to a clearance store.

For months there was speculation that the retailer was closing operations at the Cafaro-owned Niles location, but Joe Bell, director of corporate communications for the Cafaro Corporation, confirmed to WKBN 27 First News on Wednesday that store will stay open and operate under a new format.

Bell said Co-President Anthony Cafaro, Jr, contacted Dillard’s corporate team and said executives mentioned that they were considering converting the store to a different format, referring to the new model as a “Clearance Center.”

Julie Johnson Bull, director of investor relations for Dillard’s, said the conversion is an ongoing process that is already underway and should be complete in the next few weeks.

“A  clearance store is a consolidation center that receives only clearance merchandise from other full line locations in the area. We have 23 in our fleet of approximately 300 stores.  It will have many more racks of merchandise and less of a departmental feel,” Johnson Bull said. ” A clearance store is a different format and offers completely different shopping experience than our full line, full service locations.”

Some of the associates at Niles will be moved to the Dillard’s in Boardman and some will remain at the Eastwood Mall Clearance location. All associates can remain with Dillard’s, Johnson-Bull said.

Bell said other department store chains, such as Macy’s, JCPenney and Nordstrom, have been experimenting with different types of store models.

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