Plus-size women’s fashion retailer Lane Bryant is holding Thursday a “VIP preview” opening for its store at Milford Marketplace in Milford, including an appearance by Madeline Jones, editor-in-chief of Plus Model Magazine.

The event runs 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 at 1650 Boston Post Road in Milford, with Lane Bryant offering 40 percent off during the event and giving away a pair of $250 gift cards.

Lane Bryant previously had a location at the Connecticut Post mall in Milford, with another location at 15 Backus Ave. in Danbury near the Danbury Fair mall among 765 stores nationwide. Earlier this year, Lane Bryant parent Ascena Retail Group disclosed it would close hundreds of Ascena stores nationally in an effort to cut leasing costs, with other Ascena brands including Ann Taylor, dressbarn, Justice and Loft.

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