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Banana Republic will close Walden Galleria store

Banana Republic fans have about a month left if they want to shop its Walden Galleria store.

That location will close at the end of June, the company confirmed Wednesday.

"We always evaluate our store fleet to ensure we have the right stores in the right locations to best serve our customers' needs," said Sheikina Liverpool, a spokesperson for Banana Republic.

The company has struggled for nearly two years with falling sales as competition has increased from online retailers and purveyors of fast fashion, such as H&M and Zara.

"The decision to close a store is always a difficult one," Liverpool said.

Banana Republic has another location at Boulevard Mall, as well as a Banana Republic Factory store at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA.

The company's name has also appeared on unofficial site plans for the Northtown Plaza in Amherst, although developer WS Development has not confirmed any of the stores that will go into the plaza aside from anchor Whole Foods.

Banana Republic is just the latest of 18 stores that have left the Walden Galleria since January 2016. Roughly a dozen stores have opened since then, or are expected to open soon. Among them is Zara, a trendy, Spanish fast-fashion retailer which is expected to fill the upper and lower levels of the former Sears department store by winter.

Banana Republic has been closing stores for more than a year to deal with its sales slump. It has also turned some locations into lower-priced outlet stores.

Critics blame the company's losses on boring, expensive fashions that are not distinct from other brands. The Gap, which is owned by the same parent company, has faced similar criticism.

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