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Forever 21 opens in Hanford Mall this week and Fashion Fair in '10

Forever 21 will open in the former Gottschalks space in Hanford Mall this week.

The retailer, known for its trendy young women's clothing, plans to open Friday and hold a grand opening Saturday, according to Hanford Mall marketing manager Diana Silva.

It's one of two Forever 21 stores that will open in former Gottschalks spaces in the central San Joaquin Valley. A Forever 21 is scheduled to move from its current location in Fashion Fair mall in Fresno to the mall's 150,000-square-foot Gottschalks space. That move isn't expected to be done until next year.

This will be Hanford Mall's first Forever 21 store. The mall's 85,500-square-foot Gottschalks closed June 28. It did not need much work for Forever 21 to move in because Gottschalks had remodeled the space last year, Silva said.

The new Forever 21 will feature women's clothing, including plus sizes and work clothing, along with menswear.

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