Clothing chain Hollister to remove steps from entrances
DENVER - The clothing chain Hollister is getting rid of porch-like entrances at dozens of its stores across the country to make them wheelchair accessible.
The changes are being made under a settlement with disability advocates that was approved in federal court in Denver on Thursday.
The retailer specializes in Southern California-inspired casual wear and designed its entrances, with stairs, to look like beach houses. But advocates say they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, citing problems with alternative entrances offered at the stores.
Of the 218 stores that still have porches, 92 will be converted or closed and 126 will still have steps by the end of January. The company says it will keep remodeling or shuttering the rest of the stores with steps.