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Consider these example sentences given by my grammar dictionary:

(1) 私はデパートへ贈り物を買いに行った。

(2) そこへ何をしに行くんですか。

Observation: The location is marked by へ instead of に.

Considering that a sentence such as デパートに行く is grammatical,

if the locations in (1) and (2) are marked by に, two にs would be present in the same sentence.

(Question): Can the location in (1) and (2) be marked by に? Would two にs cause the sentence to be ungrammatical?

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Yes. They can. The two にs are different. The first is location, the other is purpose. The only restriction against using two particles in a single clause in Japanese is for を.

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