All Fashion Bug stores will close this month, including a store at the Village Shopping Center, Davenport.

Company officials said the brand, which has been around for 70 years, was part of a merger that occurred last year with Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

Ascena acquired Charming Shoppes, Inc., a retailer specializing in women’s plus-size apparel. Charming Shoppes operated, among others, Fashion Bug, Lane Bryant and Catherines Plus Sizes, with two stores locally. The combined company now operates about 3,800 locations.

Charming Shoppes closed 124 Fashion Bug stores in 2011.


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