Clothing retailer Bebe will close all of its stores by the end of May, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Brisbane-based chain has a total of 168 retail and outlet stores as of March, including include Sherman Oaks, Newport Beach, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, Arcadia, Cerritos, Rancho Cucamonga, Irvine, El Segundo, Torrance, Ontario, Camarillo and Cabazon.
Bebe has hired consultants to help sell off the merchandise in the company’s stores.
In April, Bebe announced plans to lay off roughly 700 employees in California, effective May 27.
The company planned to close its stores and focus on online sales, according to Bloomberg. This week’s SEC filing did not mention online sales.
The company did not immediately return requests for comment.
Retailers have struggled with changing consumer habits — a shift to online shopping and fewer visits to the mall.
Earlier this month, bankrupt Payless ShoeSource announced it would close at least 400 stores in the U.S.
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