Cortana Mall Dillard’s announces ‘store closing’ sale

Savvy Southerner

FILE – Image of ‘store closing sale’ banner hanging over side of building.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Dillard’s at Cortana Mall has announced it is offering merchandise at “deep discounts” in anticipation of its clearance center permanently closing within the next few months. The announcement comes just days after a real estate firm with close ties to Amazon filed plans with the city to redevelop the property.

“We expect the location to close by April, 2021,” said Julie Guymon, director of investor relations for Dillard’s.

Rumors of Amazon taking over the defunct Cortana Mall property have swirled since early 2019. In June 2020, Business Report disclosed Dillard’s could be to blame for the deal falling apart after the company refused to sell. Since then, Dillard’s announced an aggressive change to its business model at the hands of the pandemic and shifting shopper habits.

“We strategically close from time to time. We closed three stores in 2020,” said Guymon. “We have enjoyed a long history at Cortana Mall since 1991, and we are thankful for the support of our Baton Rouge customers.”

Dillard’s clearance center plans to run a “store closing” sale from Jan. 12-24, according to a voice recording on the store’s direct line. The sale allows shoppers to take an “extra 20% off the entire store.”

Dillard’s operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The store is closed on Mondays and offers a special hour of shopping for senior citizens from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

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