Fred’s, Inc., announced its plans to close the North Crossett and Hamburg stores Friday.

The stores will be among 49 that the company is shuttering in “an ongoing attempt to optimize store footprint,” the company said in a news release.

Since the announcement, the stores have posted liquidation sales notices at the front of their locations.

The discount goods chain has already announced 104 other closures this year, including in Monticello and Bastrop.

“Fred’s decision to close additional ... stores follows a continued evaluation of the Company’s store portfolio, including historical and recent store performance and the timing of lease expirations, among other factors,” the Friday news release said.

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