The Cost Plus World Market store in Denton is closing its doors.
The store, one of the first to open in the Denton Towne Crossing at South Loop 288, was still bustling with shoppers on Monday, but a sign on the door indicated the store would be shutting its doors soon.
Store workers declined Monday to comment about the closing, and corporate officials did not return phone calls seeking comment. Shoppers, however, were vocal Monday about their reaction to the news.
“It’s sad to see it go,” said Eleanor Singleton, 67, who was shopping with her grandchildren.
The store, a regular stop for Singleton, features sales items from around the world, including furniture, home accents, candles, foods, wines and more.
“As much money as I spend here, I thought I was keeping them afloat,” she said.
A few consumers also voiced their disapproval of the store’s closing on social media.
One Facebook user wrote, “I am very upset that you are closing the Denton, Texas World Market store. I love your store but I’m not going to drive miles to go find another one. Why would you close a store that everybody goes to.”
Another wrote, “I am distressed at the news of the Denton,Tx store closing.”
The store is a part of the 52-acre Denton Towne Crossing retail development, which was developed by the Denton Crossing Partners. The development opened for business in September 2003, according to Denton officials.
And World Market, in addition to a few other commercial and retail stores, was among the first to open. World Market, along with all of the other nearby stores, was expected to act as an anchor to attract shoppers and create jobs.
Collectively, the Denton Towne Crossing development employs about 300 full-time and 130 part-time workers.
The market is also a popular spot for nearby university students because of the stores’ trendy atmosphere, University of North Texas student Jaime Salazar said.
“All of my close friends shop here and it’s not uncommon to see things in our apartments from here,” he said. “This was the last place that I thought would close.”
The Cost Plus World Market is located at 1400 S. Loop 288. For store hours or information about the store, call 940-381-9014.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.