Ricki’s closing in Prince Albert

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The women’s clothing store in the Gateway Mall will be closed Jan. 29

As shoppers walk through the Gateway Mall, the bare walls within Ricki’s grab the attention of passersby.

Ricki’s, a women’s clothing store located in the Gateway Mall, will be closed in less than a week.

An employee of the women’s clothing store confirmed that the Prince Albert location would be closing on Jan. 29.

One of the store managers, Steven, who preferred his last name not be used, mentioned that the store had been in the city for about 40 years.

“I loved working for this company,” he said. “I was working at an office job and I came back into retail. I wouldn’t hesitate working for them again.”

One shopper, Melanie Mcdougall expressed her disappointment at the impending closure.

“I’m just disappointed because there’s… going to be less places to shop here,” she said.

Mcdougall said Ricki’s was a go-to clothing store when it came to shopping. She added that the store provided a variety of sizes, from petite to plus.

“I find this is the store (where) the pants fit me perfect, you know?” Mcdougall said. “Now I’ll have to go somewhere else.”

She added that she didn’t understand why this location was closing.

“When I’ve come in here it’s always been so busy,” Mcdougall said. “It was a shock to me to see that it was closing.”

“This mall seems to kind of be dissolving into nothing,” she added. “There nothing left here.”

The Daily Herald contacted Ricki’s head office located in Winnipeg, but the call was not returned by press time on Friday.

Shannon Faul, the general manager of the Gateway Mall, said the company decided not to renew the lease with the mall.  

In August 2015, Staples moved from its location in the Gateway Mall, where it had been for 15 years, to the Cornerstone Shopping District.

In 2015, it was also reported that Sportchek planned to move to Cornerstone from its current location in the mall, though the business has not yet given official notice.

Faul said a team out of Toronto is working to fill the empty spaces in the mall.

@KristenMcEwen • kristen.mcewen@paherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Prince Albert, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Toronto

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