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Younkers closing after 162 years in business

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It's the end of an era for yet another department store. All Younkers stores are now set to close.

The Cedar Falls location at the College Square Mall announced in January it was one of several stores closing.  Now, closing sale signs work to entice customers in for one last purchase.

It's a scene Waterloo customers will soon find at the Younkers in the Crossroads Mall.  Months after the announcement of the initial store closings, Younkers says it will now close all locations.

Iowa has 13 stores total. The parent company made a sale agreement with liquidators after filing for bankruptcy.

Younkers is an Iowa institution.  Founded in Keokuk in 1856, it has become one of the most well-known department stores in the state.

Now more than 150 years later, the doors will be closing.

"I like their products, I hate to see them go. They've got good-quality stuff. It is a shame to lose a store like that," said Harry Peyton, who traveled down from Hazelton to shop Thursday.

To longtime Iowans, Younkers has become a name they can rely on.

"Disappointed.  I come here for my daughter's dress clothes, my work shoes, and his dress clothes. It had a lot of different stuff in it," said Waterloo native, Amanda Ohrt.

Unfortunately, Younkers isn't the first to leave Crossroads. Sears recently leaving a two-story space and auto shop empty.  In total, the Crossroads Mall has more than 15 empty spaces.

But perhaps there's some hope in the fact that the At Home store filled the old JC-Penney spot.

"Well, I thought at least Crossroads is surviving. Now, it feels like everything is going down. They are opening more strip malls. Come Christmas-time, I liked having one place. I didn't want to have to go outside between every store," said Ohrt.

"I blame a lot of this on online shopping. The only thing bad about that, you don't get to see what you are buying," said Peyton.

The two were among dozens of customers who visited the store Thursday afternoon. Most are sad to see it go.

KWWL did reach out to the property management company to find out what plans are in place to fill the empty storefronts.  The company has not yet responded.

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