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It seems like Hayward, CA-based department-store chain Mervyns is the next in line for closures or bankruptcy.We are seeing reports that the retailer, with most of its 177 stores on the West Coast, is no longer getting orders approved from suppliers.It’s been years since we’ve entered a Mervyns, but we’re not surprised at this news since most regional retailers in recent years have either closed or gotten bought. Somehow, despite rising fuel costs and other economic pressures, Mervyns isn’t attracting the low-income consumer.Meanwhile, GlobeSt.com ran a story last summer about an empty Mervyns getting filled by a Steve & Barry’s. We guess that’s not happening again if there are mass store closings. Is this chain seriously flawed or just another victim of hard times?

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