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Mall merchants 'cautiously optimistic' about Younkers closure

9:17 PM, May 8, 2013
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A day after Younkers announced plans to close its Wisconsin Rapids store, fellow Rapids Mall tenants say they're disappointed by the news but remain cautiously optimistic about the future.

The closure likely will mean a lot fewer people coming through the mall and therefore fewer walk-in customers after the department store closes its doors at the end of July, said Felicia Sweet, who works at iSparkle Cupcakes in the Younkers wing of the mall.

"A lot of people come here when they're done shopping in there, and they tell us about their sales and what they bought and stuff," Sweet said. "A lot of ...

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