In Naperville’s ever-evolving downtown, a few vacant storefronts have popped up along high-profile Washington Street.

The Barnes & Noble bookstore, a two-level destination business, closed in January after 25 years downtown. Farther north on Washington, the Ulta Beauty store plans to close at the end of the month.

“I think a lot of the large national retailers are looking at their retail footprint to determine what’s going to be best for them as they are in a new economy,” Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli said. “I think the space they are leaving is going to be a highly desirable spot in our downtown, and I look forward to filling it soon.”

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