The women’s fashion retailer Bebe is closing all of its stores nationwide, including two in Charlotte.
In a securities filing Friday, Bebe said it anticipates it will close all of its stores by the end of May. The apparel chain operates two stores in Charlotte – at Northlake Mall and at Charlotte Premium Outlets.
The closure of the stores isn’t entirely surprising – Bebe had said in a separate filing last month that it was “exploring strategic options.”
Bebe is the latest in a growing list of national retailers to announce store closures in Charlotte as sales slow in brick-and-mortar stores, and accelerate online. Others include rue21, which announced last week it is closing some stores including two in Charlotte, Macy’s, Hollister, J.C. Penney and Hhgregg.
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Bebe was founded in 1976 and operates 168 stores nationwide.