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Filene’s Basement closes for good tonight

Manon Marchard took a bus from Montreal to Boston for one last Filene’s Basement shopping spree. A faithful Filene’s customer for 30 years, the counselor couldn’t resist finding some good bargains this morning at the store’s Boylston Street location.

“I just came here to say goodbye,’’ said Marchand who bought two winter coats for $25 each. “Filene’s was the archetype of the mother. It always gave you gave you something - good gifts, good deals, and good bargains.’’

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Loyal, nostalgic and sad shoppers were making final visits to area Filene’s Basement stores, which is closing for good tonight. The legendary retailer, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November, is holding liquidation sales.

At the Boylston Store, shelves, racks and display cases were bare of items as shoppers rummaged through the store like treasure hunters. Floor space has been cleared, revealing weathered and worn out carpeting. Signs that read 80 and 90 percent off topped display racks for jeans, coats and shoes, which were popular among shoppers.

Everything in the store was literally for sale. Store fixtures such as the shelves, mirrors and signs were up for grabs. A female mannequin sold for $60.

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Joseph Johnson was happy about his deals this morning. He bought a suitcase for $6. He also couldn’t resist buying the store’s internal Filene’s Basement sign which was listed for $100 with a 60 percent discount.

“I will put it in my basement,’’ said Johnson who was sad about the chain closing. “I feel a great loss. It’s been part of my life for over 30 years. It’s really sad to see it go.”

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