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Fingerlakes Mall loses longtime tenant Claire's
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Fingerlakes Mall loses longtime tenant Claire's

AURELIUS | Claire's, the national retailer of jewelry and accessories for girls and young women, has vacated its Fingerlakes Mall location.

A sign in front of the former store in the Aurelius mall says its last day open was Saturday, Dec. 12. As of Monday morning, some inventory remained behind its steel gate.

Both Fingerlakes Mall General Manager Rene Patterson and officials at Claire's Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based headquarters did not return requests for comment.

Nationally, Claire's has struggled in recent years. Its third quarter 2015 report said the company's net sales decreased by 5.1 percent compared to 2014, and it incurred a net loss of $35.9 million.

Compared to the same time last year, the company's store count has also dropped, from 1,876 to 1,793.

Claire's follows several other tenant losses at Fingerlakes Mall this year. Its Kay Jewelers and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft locations announced in October that they would be closing in the near future, and Regis Salon left that month, as well.

The mall's SearsLittman Jewelers and Aeropostale stores also closed earlier this year.

In other mall news, Marketing Manager Vin Gleason has announced that its new farmers market will be delayed until April 8. 

Additionally, new jeweler tenant West & Co. has opened in the former Littman location.

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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I'm the features editor for The Citizen and auburnpub.com, and have been here since 2006. I also cover local arts and culture, business, food and drink, and more.

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