Eddie Bauer closing Country Club Plaza store on May 2 - KCTV5 News

Eddie Bauer closing Country Club Plaza store on May 2

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Eddie Bauer will be closing their store on the Country Club Plaza on May 2.

The company said because they have two other Eddie Bauer stores within a 50-mile radius of Kansas City, they decided to consolidate their business in that market.

The two other stores are located at Oak Park Mall and Legends Outlets, which are only about a 30-minute drive between the two.

"The closing and opening of stores is part of our normal business practices; just as it is with other retailers. We’re continuing to update our stores in other markets and are always on the lookout for opportunities to expand our retail footprint," the company said in a statement to KCTV5 News.

The Plaza said Eddie Bauer has been a great retail partner and they are eager to share more in the future about what’s ahead for the space. 

The store had been on the Plaza for 26 years and was one of the longest tenants. When it opened in 1992, it set an opening day record. 

Although store turnover is not unusual on the Plaza, recent changes have visitors talking.

“I saw that several places have closed since I was here a few months ago, which makes me kind of sad," said Cindi Sherwood. "I know people are doing online shopping and so it’s probably hurting this area a little bit, which is too bad because it's really a lifestyle, not just a shopping area.”

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