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Women’s clothing chain to close stores nationwide, including two in Charlotte

In this Sept. 10, 2010 photo, shoppers carry bags from a bebe store offering big discounts in Santa Monica, Calif.
In this Sept. 10, 2010 photo, shoppers carry bags from a bebe store offering big discounts in Santa Monica, Calif. AP

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.

Bebe was founded in 1976 and operates 168 stores nationwide.

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