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Settlement: Hollister to remove steps from entrances


Teen apparel retailer Hollister will remove the steps from its store entrances following a six-year court battle.

The company, owned by Abercrombie & Fitch Co., has agreed to eliminate the steps that part of the exterior design of many of its stores in order to make the doorways wheelchair accessible, the Associated Press reported. The change is part of a settlement approved by a federal judge.

A lawsuit, filed in 2009 by the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, alleged that that Hollister violated law by limiting wheelchair users to side entrances.

Hollister had already started converting many of its storefronts before the settlement was finalized, saying it also has spent $11 million on additional accessibility measures, the AP reported.

The steps were part of Hollister’s previous beach house store design, More recently, the chain has rolled out a sleeker, minimal look, without steps at the entrance.

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