At 6 p.m. on Sunday, the Dallas Galleria will have a vacancy: Mark Shale, which once spread over two floors of the mall till a recent redo, will be closing up shop altogether. This morning, its parent company -- the Al Baskin Company -- filed for Chapter 11 and announced the shuttering of a handful of locations, Dallas among them. Employees at the Galleria -- and there are about two dozen -- found out the store was closing only this morning.
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An employee at the Galleria location told Unfair Park this evening that the shuttering "isn't surprising in this economy, because we could look at the numbers and see what was happening," but the closure comes as a blow nonetheless. There used to be two Dallas Mark Shale locations, but the once-popular Preston Center spot closed in the 1990s, the first time the clothing store filed for bankruptcy. Come this time next week there will be none, except in the company's hometown of Chicago. A clearance sale's under way at the Galleria, with 30 percent off everything. But drastic cuts are expected every day in advance of Sunday's finale.