Charming Charlie closed at Southlake Mall

Charming Charlie closed at the Southlake Mall in Hobart.

Jonathan Miano, The Times

Charming Charlie, the women's contemporary jewelry and accessories store, abruptly closed its Southlake Mall location Sunday.

The retailer sells fashion jewelry, handbags, eyewear, scarves, shoes and other items grouped by color and priced between $5 and $150. The 13-year-old company, the brainchild of founder and former Chief Executive Officer Charlie Chanaratsopon, has more than 350 locations nationwide, but the Southlake Mall store in Hobart was its only location in Northwest Indiana.

Anyone with a gift card or a return can still venture to multiple locations in Illinois.

Charming Charlie has 18 other Chicago area locations, including in The Shops at North Bridge on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and in the Orland Park Crossing in Orland Park. In Indiana, the only other Charming Charlie stores are down in the Indianapolis suburbs. 

The Southlake Mall location was on the first floor, across from H&M near the J.C. Penney department store. It shut down days after emailing customers a notice that everything was being marked down 30 percent to 50 percent for a storewide liquidation sale.

Other recent closings at the super-regional mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street in Hobart include Wet Seal, Gymboree, Gander Mountain and Teavana.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.