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Halls closes store on the Plaza for bigger location at Crown Center

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After nearly 50 years, Halls closed its doors on the Country Club Plaza for the last time Sunday. The iconic Kansas City department store plans to re-open a bigger location at Crown Center in September.

The Plaza Halls had been open for business since 1965. It was an anchor store, even as surrounding shops on the Plaza changed.

A steady flow of customers walked through the store Sunday for the very last time. Some were hoping to cash in on the close-out sales, others just wanted to spend some time in a shop they've frequented since they were kids.

But it's not goodbye forever.

A new Halls will open in mid-September at Crown Center, a $10 million investment that president and CEO Kelly Cole promises will blow the old location away.

Still, it was a bittersweet day for Halls’ most loyal shoppers.

“It's just a wonderful store, so I thought I'd spend my last few hours here going around and reliving old memories and things like that. It's just a sad, sad feeling,” said shopper Evelyn Clark.

Cole said the decision to close the Plaza location was one based on finance and not nostalgia. Employees will start moving the remaining furniture and light fixtures to the new location on Grand Monday.