As of Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Last March, retail property giant Simon dropped Gwinnett Place Mall as a client. Now Belk is leaving the mall.
The company said the store will close in August.
"The decision to close the store was made after carefully evaluating our business plans, competitive position and the financial performance of the store," said Jessica Graham, Belk's vice president of communications and community relations.
Gwinnett Place, which contains several specialty shops and has been serving metro Atlanta since 1984, will still be anchored by department stores JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.
The Duluth mall has long struggled with local competitors Sugarloaf Mills and the Mall of Georgia (both Simon properties). Gwinnett Place is now operated by McKinley, Inc., a Michigan-based company that took over the property in June 2012.