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Catherine's, Hoosier Dollar closing in Highland

Catherine's Plus Size is closing in Highland.

Catherine's Plus Size is closing its Highland Grove Shopping Center store in Highland, along with the neighboring Tuesday Morning discount store.

The company, which says it annually reviews each store's performance, declined to comment on how many employees would lose their jobs.

The entire store of plus-sized women's clothing is now being liquidated for as much as 50 percent off.

Catherine's has more than 400 locations nationwide, including 10 stores in Indiana. The Catherine's at 10147 Indianapolis Blvd. in Highland was one of only two in Northwest Indiana. The shop at 1876 E. 80th Ave. in Merrillville, just northwest of the Southlake Mall, remains open.

Highland also recently lost the Hoosier Dollar store at 2154 45th St. The party supply and rental shop in the Porte de Leau Plaza shopping center, which had only been briefly open, was independently owned and not part of any bigger chain.

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The closings are just the latest in the so-called retailpocalypse, in which the growing popularity of e-commerce, or online shopping, has forced many brick-and-mortar retailers to scale back and shutter locations.

Retailers that have recently closed all or some of their stores in Northwest Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs include Ultra Foods, MC Sports, Payless, Family Christian, Dollar Express, Gordmans, The Limited, Wet Seal, Kmart, Sears Appliance and Hardware Store, Carson's Clearance Center, Strack & Van Til, Al's Supermarket, Patz's Market and Gander Mountain.

Highland Grove, one of the Region's largest outdoor malls, has lost HHGregg, Tuesday Morning and now Catherine's this year despite historically low vacancy rates.

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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.