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Major U.S. Shopping Mall Loses Its Anchor Store as Dillard’s Permanently Closes on March 21

Joel Eisenberg

The closing has been reported as “unexpected” by local patrons and social media posters.
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I write extensively about both the current volatile state of U.S. shopping malls, and the Dillard’s retail chain, for NewsBreak. Of late, the majority of my mall-related articles have detailed recent closures or sales. As it regards Dillard’s, closures have likewise been a focus of my recent reports.

Wikipedia features a comprehensive and well-attributed overview of the stalwart Dillard’s department store chain: Dillard's, Inc. is an upscale American department store chain with approximately 282 stores in 29 states and headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Currently, the largest number of stores are located in Texas with 57 and Florida with 42. The company also has stores in 27 more states; however, it is absent from the Northeast (Washington, D.C., and northward), most of the Upper Midwest (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota), the Northwest, and most of California, aside from three stores in smaller cities.

According to’s most current location count: There are 280 Dillards retail stores in the United States as of June 27, 2022. The state with the most number of Dillards locations in the U.S. is Texas, with 56 retail stores, which is about 20% of all Dillards retail stores in the U.S.

Both the Wikipedia and entries are expected to be imminently updated with numbers reflective of recent closures. As Dillard’s rarely shutters stores, these numbers have not been as frequently updated as with most retailers, and a comment from the company has not yet verified a current count.

Today has come word, however, that yet another Dillard’s location is permanently shuttering, this one a long-term anchor of Nebraska’s Conestoga Mall.

Let us explore further.

Dillard’s, 2023

According to a February 2nd report from, “Dillard's Announces Closure at Conestoga Mall,” the closure is the only company store in the area that appears to be closing.

As excerpted from the article: The Conestoga Mall in Grand Island is losing its anchor store. Signs are up announcing that Dillard's is closing. The store will remain open until March 21. Through the past couple years, the Conestoga Mall has seen other flagship stores close including JC Penney, Sears and Younkers. Nationwide, Dillard's has over 300 stores in 29 states.

In terms of the fate of the mall itself, which has reportedly seen a substantial decline in foot traffic in recent years, no official word has yet been announced.


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to these matters, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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