NEW YORK – March 2, 2021After Sycamore Partners’ Premium Apparel unit bought Ascena Retail Group for $540 million in a Chapter 11 auction last December, it approached Simon Properties and requested rent relief for some 235 Ann Taylor, Loft, and Lane Bryant stores in the company’s malls. The relief offered didn’t suit Premium’s needs, and it announced it would have to shutter 185 of the brands’ locations in Simon properties.