The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 9, 2014

Ebb tide arrives for surf-inspired clothing retailer

JOHNSTOWN — A surf-inspired clothing chain is riding its final wave here.

Corporate public relations staff for Hollister Co.’s parent company confirmed their Galleria mall location will shut its doors by the end of the month after nearly six years in the mall.

“A part of our company’s long-term strategy is to close underperforming stores,” said MacKenzie Bruce, a spokeswoman for Abercrombie & Fitch Co., which owns the Hollister brand. “As a result of this, the Hollister location in Johnstown will be closing later this month.”

Known for its Southern California-inspired clothing and beach house porch-style facades, Hollister has opened hundreds of locations throughout the U.S. since it was founded in 2000.

The store’s clothing and accessories are marketed to the teen and young adult niche.

The Johnstown store, located on the mall’s upper floor, opened in December 2007.

Abercrombie closed dozens of its flagship stores across the U.S. after disappointing 2012 Christmas season sales, and recent financial releases have shown the company has struggled in the months since.

The company’s stock, traded on the New York Stock Exchange, closed at $33.21 Thursday, compared with $50 in January 2013.

Hollister stores continue to operate at the Westmoreland Mall near Greensburg and the Logan Valley Mall outside Altoona.

David Hurst covers Richland Township for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at tddavidhurst.


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