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Talbots on King Street in Charleston is closing. Lauren Petracca/Staff

A large downtown Charleston retail space soon will sit empty.

National women's apparel chain Talbots will close its 16,600-square-foot store at 261 King St. on Jan. 26, a store manager confirmed Friday.

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The employee referred other questions to the company's corporate office in Massachusetts. A spokeswoman did not immediately respond for further comment Friday.

Talbots has other stores in the Charleston area in Tanger Outlets in North Charleston and near Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

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