Funny how retailers don't issue press releases for store closings like they do for openings. There are no "store closing" signs at Abercrombie & Fitch, and the current storewide sale is not being labeled a liquidation. But any young, flannel-clad employee will tell you that the Abercrombie & Fitch stores at Southdale Center and the adult and children's stores at Ridgedale Center are closing, and soon--last day: Saturday, Jan. 28. (Update: Despite earlier reports, and confirmation by a store employee, an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesman told the Star Tribune that the Arbor Lakes store will remain open.) Southdale Center confirmed the departure, and alluded to plans for a "very pleasing" replacement that they are not yet ready to announce. (Abercrombie kids closed at Southdale last year). It's been widely reported for more than a year that Abercrombie & Fitch, which has struggled recently against lower priced rivals, planned to close more than 100 stores nationwide--many, as leases expired. Abercrombie & Fitch also operates stores at Mall of America and Rosedale Center, and has Hollister and Gilly Hicks stores in town.