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Rue 21 holding job fair in Sterling

Store, set to open July 24, needs 10 associates, assistant manager

STERLING – Rue 21, which is set to open next month in Northland Mall, will be holding a job fair from noon to 5 p.m. July 8 and 9.

The store needs 10 permanent part-time associates and a part-time assistant manager, spokeswoman Kelly Evanovich said Thursday. A tentative opening date of July 24 has been set.

If they have one, prospective associates should bring a resume to the job fair, but it’s not required, Evanovich said.

According to its website, the store also was looking for a store manager and a full-time assistant manager; those positions have been filled.

Those interested in the management position can attend the job fair, or go to, click on Careers, then Search Careers, then Store Management to find a job description and apply. (The Sterling store was near the end of the listings, on page 21 of 24 pages, as of Thursday.)

Rue 21 is a national fashion retailer whose audience is 11- to 17-year-olds, although customers of all ages shop their stores, which offer “guys and girls clothing [and accessories] ... to anyone with a flair for fashion,” Evanovich has said.

It has more than 1,000 stores in 47 states, including in Peru Mall in Peru, South Park Mall in Moline, CherryVale Mall in Rockford, and NorthPark Mall in Davenport, Iowa.

Dunham’s Sports, a national sporting goods chain, also will be moving into the mall, into a 35,000-square-foot space next door to Rue 21.

It’s not known how many jobs will need to be filled at its new store, set to open in late summer or early fall.

Dunham’s had posted an ad on in February seeking managers for the new location; that ad no longer is up, and calls to Dunham headquarters were not returned.

Dunham’s, based in Troy, Michigan, characterizes itself as “one of the largest full-line sporting goods chains in the U.S.” It has more than 200 stores in 12 states, including those in Galesburg, Peoria, and Davenport, Iowa.

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