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Another store leaving Blue Ridge center

March 16, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Dansk is closing its store next month at the Blue Ridge Outlet Center in Martinsburg.

The housewares and cooking supplies store has set April 24 as the final day of business at the Martinsburg outlet, according to Dansk representatives.

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Dansk declined to comment on reasons for the closing or what would happen to the seven employees currently working at the Martinsburg store.

The store, which opened in Martinsburg seven years ago, has cut its prices by 30 percent in advance of next month's closing.

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The departure of Dansk leaves Blue Ridge with 31 stores in the outlet center's three buildings at Stephen and Raleigh streets.

At its high point, Blue Ridge had more than 50 stores in four buildings but has been losing stores to outlet centers in neighboring states, including Prime Outlets in Hagerstown.

"We're going to lose some tenants and we're going to have some new tenants coming in," said Blue Ridge developer Moncure Chatfield-Taylor.

Chatfield-Taylor would not comment on other stores that might be leaving Blue Ridge.

He said he is in negotiations with potential new clients and said any announcements would be premature.

There are no plans to close Blue Ridge, said Chatfield-Taylor.

"It is our intention to continue on," he said.

American Eagle, Fuller Brush Outlet, Nine West, tote, Johnston and Murphy Footwear, Dress Barn Outlet, Technics Musical Instruments and London Fog are among the stores that have left Martinsburg.

Other stores, including Britches Great Outdoors Factory Store, Jones New York and Perfumania have recently closed their stores at Blue Ridge in favor of the Prime Outlets in Hagerstown, which opened last August.

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