[1/9/17]  As Carla Sofronski and her 7-year old daughter Rianna Miller walked past the Limited at Oxford Valley Mall late Sunday, the duo couldn’t help but stare at the darkened space with a metal gate over it.

The store was completely emptied out, a shell of what it used to be – a shop known for professional attire for women that offered stylish blazers, slacks and skirts.

In this case, the Internet fully accelerated the closures, and where the Columbus, Ohio-based company  said it would  shift its resources. Starting Monday the Limited will continue to operate online only.

“That doesn’t surprise me,” said Sofronski with daughter in tow in front of the shuttered store. “It’s just so much easier to shop online. Even with coming here today with a return, it took 40 minutes at the customer service line at Macy’s. No one has time for that.”

Still, for many the announced closures came swift and rather unexpected. As recent as last week, the Langhorne store had been offering steep post holiday discounts of 50 percent or more and there were no signs posted that closures were imminent.

In the Philadelphia area, the once-popular women’s clothing store, founded in 1963, had already closed in nearby malls, including the King of Prussia Mall and the Montgomery Mall in North Wales.

On Saturday afternoon, calls to the Limited at Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne went directly to an automated voice message that said the number had been disconnected and no further information was available.

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