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February 26, 2013

Former Fashion Bug shops to be filled

JOHNSTOWN — Fashion Bug, whose stores closed nationwide following a buyout, won’t keep two storefronts vacant for long.

One of them will welcome a fast-growing trendy retail chain to the Richland Town Centre.

Philadelphia-based Five Below, which sells all of its items at $5 and less, hopes to move into the plaza by fall, company spokeswoman Elizabeth Romaine said.

“We’re basically a five and dime for the iPhone generation,” Romaine said.

The chain targets the teen and preteen market with sporting goods, jewelry, games and candy - as well as “trend-right” items like cellphone covers, she said.

“Right now,” Romaine added, “There’s a lot of St. Patrick’s Day stuff in our stores.”

Romaine said the store will employ about 35 full- and part-time workers.

The first Five Below opened in suburban Philadelphia in 2002.

There are now 245 stores in

18 states, its website shows.

Five Below has several stores in the Pittsburgh area and recently opened stores in Altoona and Greensburg.

It plans to open 60 stores this year, Romaine said.

The company went public in 2012, offering stock on NASDAQ under the symbol “FIVE.”

New York-based Label Shopper will move into a 9,600-square-foot former Fashion Bug at the Summit Plaza location in Somerset Township.

The chain advertises itself as a one-stop shop for designer and mall store clothing overruns and buy-outs.

“Through Label Shopper, miscalculations and mistakes are turned into fashion bargain opportunities,” its website shows.

It has locations in seven northeastern states, with the nearest location in Clearfield.

Label Shopper has posted job openings for managers on employment search websites.

Five Below, meanwhile, is one of several recent additions to the Richland Town Centre, a MPG Property Group plaza.

The 480,000-square-foot shopping center will soon be full with the addition of Five Below and Sweet Frog, a Richmond, Va.-based frozen yogurt chain scheduled to open Friday.

An undeveloped 1.2 acre tract of Elton Road land along one side of the Town Centre development remains available for sale or lease.

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