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L.L. Bean's Downtown Portland Outlet Store, Founded in 1966, Closes

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The L.L. Bean outlet that's been a mainstay of downtown Portland, Maine, since 1966 has closed, according to local reports. The company recently opened a new outlet store in Freeport, and is focusing its discount attentions there, says a company employee, who also said that L.L. Bean will be looking to place the 14 employees affected by the closure.

A spokesperson for L.L. Bean says the opening of another outlet store made keeping the Portland store open unfeasable. Portland city officials say they are aggressively looking for a new tenant.

The store opened in 1996 as part of the Libra Foundation's revitalization program for downtown Portland.

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L.L. Bean Outlet

542 Congress St., Portland, ME