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Dots Closing This Month

Women's apparel store will bid the plaza goodbye at the end of this month.

When the proposed $3 million renovation of Lakewood Plaza on Detroit Avenue is complete, won’t be there.

The national women’s apparel chain posted signs in the window of its 15412 Detroit Ave. storefront declaring a “Store Closing Sale” and that “Everything Must Go,” despite a promotional sign on the front of the plaza showing Dots as a tenant of the proposed shopping center.

A Dots employee, who asked not to be named for this story, said the store will be closing at the end of this month, but there had been some confusion on whether the store was going to stay in the new building.

“Like four days after (corporate headquarters) told us we were closing, the City put that sign up that had our name on it,” the employee said. “So we were like, ‘Oh maybe we’re staying after all.”

The reason for the store closing is also a little fuzzy, she said.

“We just don’t get the traffic that our other locations do,” she said. “And I think it might have something to do with them raising the rent. And our lease is up soon, anyway.”

Dots, which also has stores in Cleveland and Rocky River, won’t be the only store not returning. Sakura Japanese Restaurant closed last year, and announced last month

and Radio Shack will stay, and Quaker Steak and Lube will move in when the new plaza opens.

Last month, the company developing the plaza, Levey and Company, after the discovery of a gas line that the company said prevents it from carrying out its original plans.

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