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David Jaffe (from left), CEO and president of Dress Barn, meets with Lisa Rhodes, Maurices' chief merchandising officer; and George Goldfarb, chief financial officer of stores for Maurices. The three participated in a question-and-answer session with the News Tribune for Business Monday. Clint Austin/caustin@duluthnews.com)

CEO: Belt-tightening fashion shoppers find Maurices a good fit

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For Maurices, growth was aided by the recession.

The reason? The Duluth-based women's clothing company is positioned to capitalize as consumers spend more wisely.

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Maurices, which was purchased by Dress Barn of Suffern, N.Y., in 2004, has remained profitable, gained market share on more expensive competitors and continued to open more stores.

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