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Book World closing all 45 stores — including the Peru Mall location

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The Times is committed to keeping readers up to date with business happenings in the area. Much of our reporting relies on what we see and hear, but we're also reaching out to readers for tips on business items. If you have a tip to share, please email Brent Bader at brentb@mywebtimes.com or call 815-431-4045.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based Book World says it's closing all of its 45 stores in seven states, citing a shift in consumer preference to online shopping. A Book World has been inside the Peru Mall since 2013. The company's senior vice president Mark Dupont says 325 employees will lose their jobs as a result.

The book retailer plans to begin liquidation sales on Thursday. Dupont says the company timed the closures and liquidation to coincide with the holiday shopping season. Sales will continue until all inventory is sold. Dupont expects that process to be complete by January. The company has 20 stores in Wisconsin. It also has stores in Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and North Dakota. The company is headquartered in Appleton, about 30 miles southwest of Green Bay.

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