Clearance underway as Payless ShoeSource prepares for closing

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Payless ShoeSource is permanently closing all North American stores, including its location at 604 S. Walnut Ave., Ste. 400, New Braunfels. Although a timeframe has not yet been announced, an employee at the location said the closing is expected at the end of March. In the meantime, a clearance sale is underway. 830-625-3773. www.payless.com
By Rachel Nelson

Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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