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PacSun, the Southern California-based youth apparel store, has closed its Country Club Plaza location based on poor sales, a company spokeswoman said.

The store, one of eight in the region, closed on Saturday.

"In the normal course of business, we determined that it was underperforming," said Linda Eddy, a spokeswoman for PacSun.

Sacramento overall remains a strong retail market for the company, she said, but it will not be opening any new stores.

PacSun, which began as a small surf shop 29 years ago in Newport Beach, sells teen casual wear in 950 stores nationwide.

Overall, company growth exploded with way too many stores, said Brady Lemos, an analyst with Morningstar who tracks PacSun. With competition from similar concepts, such as Zumiez, and with the economy, PacSun will look to pare down, he said.

The retailer could close about 40 stores this year, he said, and continue at that rate until it gets down to 800 stores.

"That's where we think they belong," Lemos said.

The Country Club closing is the latest setback for the struggling 48-year-old mall with about 50 store sites, at least a quarter of them vacant. Strings, a popular restaurant, left earlier this year and Gottschalks, one of the two anchors, will close soon.

Forever 21, another youth-based clothing store, had made a bid to take over the two-store Gottschalks lease, but owners of the mall rejected that bid last week and Forever 21 withdrew its application.

Representatives from Laeroc Partners Inc., a Southern California firm that owns the mall, did not return a phone call requesting comment.


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