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Dressbarn expects to shut stores by end of year

Dressbarn's owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., has said it wants to focus on its other brands, such as Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant.

A Dressbarn location in Hickory, N.C., seen here

A Dressbarn location in Hickory, N.C., seen here on Jan. 3. Photo Credit: Getty Images / J. Michael Jones

Dressbarn says it expects to have all its 650 stores closed by the end of this year. The retailer has 16 locations on Long Island, according to its website.

The women's clothing chain announced earlier this week that it was shutting all its stores but hadn't given a timeline for the closures until Thursday.

Dressbarn's owner, Ascena Retail Group Inc., has said it wants to focus on its other brands, such as Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant. An executive said Dressbarn wasn't profitable enough.

Ascena said in a regulatory filing that that it couldn't yet determine how much Dressbarn's closure would cost the Mahwah, New Jersey-based company.

Dressbarn, which has been selling women's clothing for nearly 60 years, employs about 6,800 people.

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