Aeropostale clothing store closes at Berkshire Mall


LANESBOROUGH -- International retail apparel chain Aero postale, recently beset with financial problems, has closed its store in the Berkshire Mall.

It could not be determined exactly when Aeropostale's store closed, or if it had closed for good. Aero postale planned to open 14 stores, remodel 30, and close app roximately 15 to 20 during fiscal 2013, according to the company's website.

Neither Berkshire Mall General Manager Joseph Scelsi, nor Aeropostale spokeswoman Leigh Parrish returned telephone calls seeking comment. The chain had been located at the mall for at least 11 years.

Founded in 1987, Aeropostale is a primarily mall-based specialty retailer that sells casual apparel and accessories. Its target market is teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17. The company also has a branch, P.S. from Aero postale, that sells to younger children, and an e-commerce division, GoJane.

The chain currently operates 910 stores in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, and more than 75 stores in Canada. It also has stores in Bahrain, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Aeropostale went public in 2002. According to online reports, the company's fourth quarter earnings dropped by only one cent, or $671,000, but that represented a major drop from the profit of 32 cents per share, or $26.1 million, that the company reported during the fourth quarter of 2011.

Several national chains have left the Berkshire Mall in recent years, including Old Navy and Lady Foot Locker in January 2010, and The Gap and Linens & Things before them.

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