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Ames closes stores, idling 220 workers in the region

October 28, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

Ames discount store closed all of its stores Saturday, Oct. 19, according to the Rocky Hill, Conn., corporate office.

The retailer had stores in Hagerstown, Frederick, Md., Mount Airy, Md., Waynesboro, Pa., and Chambersburg, Pa., that employed a total of 101 full-time and 119 part-time workers, according to www.amesstores.com.

Ames Department Stores Inc. announced Aug. 14 that all of its 327 stores would close in approximately 10 weeks, leaving 22,000 people without jobs. Ames had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August 2001.

Several of the 45 employees at the Hagerstown store on Dual Highway are taking courses at the Western Maryland Consortium to train for other jobs, said Denice Weaver, who was the store's receiving manager.

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National Retail Equipment Liquidation will be selling the Hagerstown store's fixtures until Oct. 31, said James Row, fixture manager with the liquidator.

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