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Dawahare's files for bankruptcy

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By The Staff

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE —Retail clothing chain Dawahare's has filed for bankruptcy and will close nine of its 31 stores. The The 100-year-old family-owned chain also will reduce the size of its corporate staff. The company, which also operates under the name The Cat Bird Seat, will close stores in Owensboro, Bowling Green, Paducah, Glasgow, Maysville, Mt. Sterling, Campbellsville, Newport and Bluefield, W.Va., over the next two months. The Elizabethtown store, which opened with Towne Mall in October 1985, is not impacted by the closures. Company president Harding Dawahare said intensified competition from national chains and problems in the economy led to the decision. "It's being done to try to preserve as many jobs as possible, in conjunction with keeping a viable retail presence in Kentucky," he said. After the closings and corporate reductions, the company will have about 400 employees.