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Midtown Clothing store closes

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The Upper Playground clothing store on J Street has closed, and a new store owned by a former Upper Playground manager will take its spot.

Aaron Hearing will open a new store in the same location, but he refused to comment on Upper Playground, saying, “It’s none of my business.”

Upper Playground, located at 2524 J St., was a locally owned franchise with corporate offices in San Francisco.

Other locations for the clothing store are in Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Mexico City and London.

When The Sacramento Press contacted Upper Playground’s corporate office Dec. 15, officials claimed no knowledge of the store’s closing, though an employee who answered the phone at the Sacramento location said the business was going to “close and rebrand.”

Calls made to Upper Playground corporate offices Tuesday were not returned.

In December, a man claiming to be the owner of the local franchise contacted The Sacramento Press and denied that the business was closing or rebranding.

“It just sucks,” said Billy Ngo, owner of Kru, a Japanese restaurant on the same block as Upper Playground. “First we lost Haus, and then we lost Crazy Mary’s. It’ll be good to see someone else coming in.”

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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