Versona to close Christmas Eve, employees say

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A clothing store in the Mall at Turtle Creek that emphasizes Italian fashions for women will close its doors this holiday season, employees at the store said Wednesday.

Versona has stores in about 20 states and opened in Sept. 2011, according to the company's website. The store was the second one to announce Wednesday it is closing its store at the mall.

Versona is closing Christmas Eve.

On Tuesday, the Dress Barn location in the Mall at Turtle Creek announced it was closing as well.

The company sent out a flyer by mail, saying their last day is Dec. 16. However, officials said the company's stores in Little Rock and Cordova, Tenn. will remain open.

On Friday, Scott Gurvis, senior vice president of FP&A, Treasury and Credit, issued the following statement to Region 8 News.

"Unfortunately, it is true that the Versona store at The Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro, AR will be closing in late December. The store has been operating since October 2012 but has not performed up to expectations. There will be approximately three full time and nine part-time associates affected by this action. With any store closure, we make every effort to offer positions to affected associates at other nearby stores. The closest stores are in Little Rock, AR and South Haven, MS."

Region 8 News has reached out to mall management several times Wednesday about both stores closing but mall officials have yet to respond.

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