Little Rock, Ark. – Locally based Dillard’s Inc. recently acquired eight former Montgomery Ward locations in seven states, thereby boosting its store base. Total cost of the purchase was roughly $21 million.

The retailer bought store sites in Littleton, Colo.; Port Richey, Fla.; Wichita, Kan.; Oklahoma City; Moline, Ill.; Davenport, Iowa; and Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.