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White Marsh Distribution will shut down, lay off 120

A White Marsh retail distribution center is to close and will lay off 120 workers beginning Nov. 30, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reported Monday.

White Marsh Distribution LLC will permanently close its facility at 10000 Franklin Square Drive, a notice filed with the state labor department showed.

The company is a subsidiary of Charming Shoppes Inc., a specialty retailer that operates the Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug and Catherines Plus Sizes brand stores, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek company overview. A Charming Shoppes spokesman could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

According to its website, the company handles distribution of its Fashion Bug brand at a 393,000-square-foot facility in White Marsh that it purchased in 2002.

Charming Shoppes was acquired in June for $900 million by Ascena Retail Group Inc., an apparel retailer specializing in women's plus-size apparel. Charming Shoppes now operates as a separate subsidiary of Ascena.

As part of the acquisition, Ascena announced that it planned to discontinue the Fashion Bug business by early next year. Charming Shoppes closed 124 Fashion Bug stores last year.

Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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